Stella Dimoko UN Endorses NDDC’s Strategy And Pledges Support for Sustainable Development


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Saturday, June 10, 2017

UN Endorses NDDC’s Strategy And Pledges Support for Sustainable Development

The United Nations, UN, has undertaken to work with the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to facilitate the sustainable development of the Niger Delta region.

The Permanent Representative of the United Nations in Nigeria, Ambassador Edward Kallon, made the pledge while endorsing the strategies for intervention in the region by the current Governing Board and Management of the Commission in Port Harcourt on Friday.

Mr. Kallon, who led a delegation of UN officials to the NDDC headquarters, said he came with a proposal for supporting the UN sustainable development goals.

He stated: “We will bring global best practices. The concepts of living no one behind and inclusive growth are so important to the mandate of the NDDC. The Niger Delta region has the oil wealth to finance development, so we must tap into that quickly to change things for good. We want to link the efforts of the NDDC to international programmes for development.”

The UN envoy added: “If the people have a livelihood, potable water, good roads and power, they will be relieved. I want to see how we can enrich the intervention in the area to calm frayed nerves.”

Ambassador Kallon pledged to support the NDDC in the areas of staff capacity building in global best practices and institutional strengthening. “We will also support the NDDC in its efforts to review the Niger Delta Master Plan,” he stated, adding: “We need to support national institutions to foster growth and development. The NDDC is the institution that ensures that the people of the region get what is due to them in terms of development and infrastructure.”

Welcoming Ambassador Kallon and his team, Chairman of the Governing Board of the NDDC, Senator Victor Ndoma- Egba (SAN) said the Commission wants to create sustainable partnerships to speed up development across the Niger Delta region.

He said: “Moving forward, we require sustainable partnerships that will bring sustainable development to the people of the Niger Delta region. We crave your support to act as an advocate for the Niger Delta region. We owe our young people in the Niger Delta region a responsibility to ensure that they remain a resource and not a curse to the region.”

Senator Ndoma-Egba said that NDDC was established as a regional interventionist agency to drive an integrated regional economy. He added: “It is work in progress and we appeal to the UN to lend us a helping hand.”

In his presentation, Managing Director of the NDDC, Mr. Nsima U. Ekere noted that continuous engagement of development partners would help the Commission achieve the goals of the Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan.

Ekere said: “We have invested heavily in the provision of infrastructure and capacity-building projects in the Niger Delta region. The NDDC has also provided support for the entire agricultural value chain. We have 2,450 kilometers of roads completed and 3,458 kilometers of roads on-going. There are ongoing interventions in coastal areas through shoreline protection, canalization and jetty projects. The NDDC is building electric power transmission infrastructure in rural communities, supply of transformers and sub-stations.”

The NDDC Chief Executive Officer also noted that the Commission was investing heavily in the agricultural value chain. He declared: “Since the current Board and management came on board, the NDDC has issued 900 tractors and accessories to farmers in the Niger Delta region to improve mechanization of agriculture. The NDDC/Cross River State Government Poultry & Hatchery partnership which aims to produce 50,000 chicks per day is on-going. Our agriculture development partnerships have trained 15,666 people to improve skills and capacity of farmers in the region.”


  1. How about NDDC paying their students to confirm they are working. What wickedness is this that they will owe students in a foreign land for so long and not even talk to them?

  2. If nddc cannot do something as small as paying their students abroad, then they are not a serious body and should be disbanded asap.

  3. NDDC PAY YOUR STUDENTS!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. The UN should advise NDDC to pay her scholarship recipients overseas. This is modern day slavery or human trafficking to send people out of the country and allow them to starve or struggle, instead of concentrating on their studies.

  5. Can NDDC pay those students already? What kind of nonsense is this? How can people be complaining about the same thing for so long and nothing is done? We keep placing the wrong people in very sensitive positions and this has stop stop.

  6. EFCC needs to investigate why its hard to pay students with money that is already available.

  7. It is only Nigerian researchers that are being owed all the time here in the UK. This situation has to come to an end.

  8. Please nddc try to pay us. At some point I thought I was the only one that was owed, didn't know they have not paid others too. Please try to pay us because it is not easy over here in the UK living without money.

  9. I am a research student in the UK under the NDDC scholarship scheme but I am still expecting them to pay me.
    The most annoying thing is that there's hardly someone to talk to in order to ascertain what is really happening. This "big man syndrome" in Nigeria that makes people in positions of authority see themselves as doing you a huge favour, instead of seeing themselves as public servants, has to stop. No feed back to the students here. Thats a shame. These people travel all the time and see how things are done but will prefer to act like gods for something that isn't there personal money.

    Very soon they will see a writeup here in the UK and Nigeria that will lead to everyone of them getting investigated to their last kobo. Really pathetic. The other payments they made wasn't even complete and that will also be investigated if they fail to pay up too.

    May God deliver our nation and place the right people with human compassion in positions of authority.

    God bless Nigeria.

  10. UN tell them to pay their students tuition and upkeep ASAP. If they don't, I agree that it is human trafficking lol.
    On a serious note, they don't have any reason owing their students. Please pay them

  11. So the management still haven't paid students???? After how long? I suggest the students go to their various embassies to carryout a peaceful but load protest. Ain't fair at all.


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