He stated, NDDC
is to release $15 million for the programme, so far we have released more than $12 million, so we are almost through with our payments.
The Niger Delta people feel that the NDDC
is not doing what they are supposed to do.
In addition, the NDDC
has commenced the training of young people in agriculture (especially fishing and farming) as a commercial venture.
Sources said that candidature for the NDDC
board had no input of Governors Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and Rochas Okorocha of Imo State.
management recently announced the establishment of an internal monitoring division tasked with the duty of ensuring that contractors are more accountable.
statement on the problems of the Delta reads: "Rather than 'tokenism; 'incrementalism' of any other variant of the fire-fighting, crisis management approach that has hall marked the traditional response to the human development issues in the Niger Delta area, it will be important to take a longer term perspective in planning interventions and approaches: "It continues: "Improving living standards and the quality of life of men and women is an imperative for the future of the region.
In the eight years of its existence, the NDDC
has become a notable presence and an active participant on the ground throughout its target region in providing projects and programmes that have caught the imagination and support of a large part of the people of the nine oil-producing states in the delta.
The President s decision was conveyed to the Chairman of the NDDC
Governing Board, Dr.
Equally, he urges the government to pay back to the NDDC
(Niger Delta Development Commission, the government agency responsible for developing the Niger Delta region) about N284bn ($2.
Although the NDDC
was launched by President Olusegun Obasanjo with fanfare around a year ago, it has taken some time to get going.
According to Governor Theodore Orji, the government has also paid its equivalent funds for FADAMA III, the IFAD NDDC
FGN Community-Based Natural Resources Management Project and Agricultural Development Programme.
has subsequently launched a 15-year Master Plan to address the crisis.