The Niger Delta Development Commission has reaffirmed its commitment to pursuing public-private partnership arrangements to drive development in the Niger Delta region.

Speaking during an Executive Management and staff meeting at the commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt, the NDDC Managing Director, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, said that a summit was in the offing to enable stakeholders to explore opportunities for collaboration.

He said, “We intend to leverage our PPP initiative during the summit which will take place in April. It will help us to showcase what we can offer and show the world the future of NDDC. We cannot continue to rely on International Oil Companies and the Federal Government to raise funds for development projects. We intend to show the world that NDDC has been rebranded.”

Ogbuku stated the NDDC would not relent in its PPP campaign to bring sustainable development to the Niger Delta region.

“We will take the campaign to all relevant organisations. Last week, we were at the meeting of the Oil Producers Trade Section, OPTS, of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lagos. Henceforth, NDDC will be attending the OPTS quarterly meetings” he said.


Speaking further, the NDDC boss stated that the Commission would also focus on capacity building for youths in the region, stating: “We are going to focus on youth development programmes, we have come up with a new concept of working with the Niger Delta Chamber of Commerce in the training of our youths and young entrepreneurs.”

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