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Akpabio Tasked PMC To Deliver on Mandate

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The Minister of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs(MNDA) Sen.Godswill Akpabio CON has tasked members of the Presidential Monitoring Committee (PMC)to be ready to deliver on their mandate by keying into President Muhammadu Buhari’s committment of repositioning and refocusing the Niger Delta Commission (NDDC) in providing meaningful and lasting infrastructural development for the people of the Niger Delta  Region.

Senator Akpabio who gave the charge during the inauguration of members of the Presidential Monitoring Committee in Abuja said it is a landmark effort on the part of Mr. President  to address the gap in terms of government oversight of the operations of the NDDC that has been lacking over the years. We will supervise  and control the activities of the Commission in ways that we will realize value for money.

The Minister said the Appointment and lnauguration of the PMC is in compliance with the provisions of the law as stated in part 6 sections 21 of the NDDC Act 2000 as Amended. Therefore, the PMC is a Statutory body recognized by law.

According to the Minister, the Act empowers the PMC to not only monitor the management of funds allocated to the NDDC and implementation of its projects, but also grants the PMC access to the accounts and other records of the Commission while it is also expected to submit periodical reports to the President.

Speaking further, the former Governor of Akwa -lbom State said , the PMC  has been saddled with a lot of responsibility ; it is therefore obvious that the task before them is enormous but not achievable. He urged members to ensure that the confidence repose in them is not  misplaced.

As a Ministry , we are conscious of the desires of President  Mohammadu Buhari for the accelerated  development of the Niger Delta Region as contained in the 2019-2023  Ministerial Mandate and scope of responsibility assigned to be achieved by the present management of the MNDA.

In specific terms, we have for real commenced  the harmonization and implementation of the Niger Delta Action Plan and Niger Delta Regional Development Plan developed by NDDC and MNDA respectively to help achieve  rapid socio-economic development’ he said.

Akpabio disclosed that the NDDC  headquarters  which has been under construction in the last 23years  will be completed and commissioned  by President Buhari in  April. He said the PMC will consider priority projects, in implementing developmental projects and also empowerment  programs for youths and women. ‘We must plan towards  the Post- Amnesty Era of the Niger Delta Region and also Post -oil Era by training our people to acquire the  necessary skills and engaging them in various Agricultural  Programme.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary(PS) , MNDA Mr. Olusade  Adesola  noted that the inauguration is in fulfillment of a long journey to the establishment of the PMC .

He said attempts have been made in the past to constitute the  Committee but was not successful .

It took the doggedness of the Hon. Minister  and his concern for the people of the region to ensure that the dividend of democracy is delivered to realize this feat.

In his reaction, the Acting Managing Director of NDDC, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei promise that the management team of the NDDC will give maximum support to the PMC.

He disclosed that the 2019 NDDC Budget will soon be passed and hopefully contractors who have done their job to specification  will be paid when money is available. He noted that the NDDC is also under going some form of reorganization to strengthen it to function  optimally.

Members of the PMC are,  the Minister of MNDA , Sen. Godswill   Akpabio  -Chairman.

Minister of State, Sen. Tayo  Alasoadura and Olusade Adesola (PS) as member. Other members  drawn from other Ministries and Agencies  include Aisha Umar (Finance) Mr. Shamsudin  Bello ( AOGF)Mr. Attanda  kolawole,( Petroleum Resources) Mr. Charles lkeah (Enviroment) Dr Dorothy Nwodo (Humanitarian  Affairs) Dr M K Mohammed( Works & Housing) and Mr Alfred Abah Member/Secretary.



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