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NDDC will be fair to all communities, says Semenitari

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Communities of the Niger Delta region have been assured of fair treatment

by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, in the distribution of

projects, programmes and social services.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by members of the Oromeruezimgbu

community, the host of the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, on Monday,

the Acting Managing Director of the commission, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, said

it was important to touch every part of the Niger Delta to achieve

sustainable regional development.
The NDDC boss, who reiterated the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari

to the commission to focus on the completion of on-going projects,

promised to make a special case for the host community of the NDDC

headquarters, since according to her, “we have to make our landlords

happy.”
Mrs. Semenitari stated that while it was important to provide facilities

for the hosts, it was also necessary to distribute amenities fairly to all

communities in the region. “We will try our best to mitigate the problems

faced by our host community as a result of the presence of the NDDC in the

area,” she said.
The NDDC boss appealed to members of the community to understand the

position of the commission in the award of contracts, adding that the

commission had changed the system that required all contractors doing

business with it to be registered for that purpose.

“Now, as long as you are properly registered with the Corporate Affairs

Commission, CAC, you are qualified to tender for contracts in NDDC,” she

said.
Mrs. Semenitari told members of the community that they would be given

opportunities in the award of contracts, employments and scholarships,

noting that such benefits were usually given on merit.

In an address read on behalf of the community, the Chairman of

Oromeruezimgbu Community Development Committee, Comrade Lucky Wonodi,

highlighted some areas they would want the NDDC to come to their aid. They

requested for the construction of a civic centre, rehabilitation of

streets and provision of street lights in their community. They also asked

for award of contracts, scholarships and the employment of their youths.

The community thanked President Buhari for appointing Mrs. Semenitari to

serve the people of the region and Nigeria at large. According to them,

the records of the Acting MD had been impeccable and did not leave anyone

in doubt of what she was set to achieve as the Chief Executive Officer of

the NDDC.
The delegation from the community, which was led by Eze Chukwuemeka

Orluchime, the paramount ruler of Oromeruezimgbu in Rebisi, included other

notable leaders.
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