President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday inaugurated the new Board of Management of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, with a charge that members of the board should collectively change the narative of the situation in the Niger/Delta region through probility, accountability, justice and commitment to service delivery.
The President, who urged the new board members to exercise patience and tolerance in the discharge of their duties, however, said he had no doubt that members of the new board would meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people given their public service records.
“Each time there is a change of guard in the commission, we have anxiety mixed with other expressions. At this moment, it is important for us to understand that the current disposition of this administration is to guarantee probity, accountability, justice and fervent commitment to service delivery,” Buhari said.
Inaugurating the new board at the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Conference Hall, Federal Secretariat, Abuja, President Buhari said all hands must be on the deck to bring peace and development to the Niger/Delta region.
President Buhari, who was represented at the inauguration by the Minister of Niger/Delta Affairs, Mr Usani Uguru Usani, said the current economic situation in the country demanded that lots of grounds should be covered by the board members each time they meet not only to save funds, but deliberate on sustainable development of the region.
He charged the various institutions and government agencies responsible for the development of the Niger/Delta to adhere strictly to their mandates without crossing boundaries, stressing that in doing so, there would be less conflicts and the problems of duplications of duties would be avoided.
Buhari said: “What affects the Niger delta is quite crucial and critical and cannot be treated casually. I appreciate.”