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Support peace efforts in Niger Delta, NDDC’s MD urges US govt

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The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Nsima Ekere, has urged to the United States government to support programmes that will enhance peace and security in the Niger Delta, to facilitate sustainable development in the crude oil and gas-rich region.

He made the admonition when a delegation from the United States Consulate in Lagos, led by the US Consul-General, John Bray, paid him a courtesy visit at the commission’s corporate headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Ekere, who emphasized the need for an enduring peace in the Niger Delta region, stated that security was critical for development and growth.

He said: “It is noteworthy that you are coming at the onset of our political season. We expect some assistance from the US government. We have specific concerns in the Niger Delta, especially during an election period like this, principally in the area of security.

“The US government can use its influence to prevail on our politicians to allow democracy to thrive in Nigeria. If politicians can be made to play by the rules, it will help in the process of maintaining peace and security during and after the elections.”

The NDDC chief also stated that the visit of the US Consul-General was reassuring, stressing that it showed that the US government was always thinking about and working on the ways to collaborate and deepen the conversation on the challenges and growth of the Niger Delta region.

He pointed out that NDDC had in the last two years recorded some tremendous achievements in the area of development in the region.

Ekere reiterated that at a previous visit of the Consul-General at the inception of the current NDDC board, the commission had just rolled out its reform agenda.

He said: “We have since made tremendous and appreciable progress in reforming the commission to be better placed to deliver on its mandate to the Niger Delta people and to Nigerians.’

The managing director also lamented that a lot of the youths of the Niger Delta, because of the challenges of unemployment and poverty, opted to be used by politicians as thugs.

He said: “Most times, what makes the political process explosive and dangerous is the attitude of some sit-tight office holders, who do not believe that the political process should be a referendum by the people on their performance in office.

“The reason the constitution allows us to have a chance to conduct elections every four years is so that those that did well could be considered to continue, while those that did not perform well should be kicked out. They should be honest enough to allow the process to evolve, so that the citizens can have their say in the governance system.”

The United States Consul-General in Lagos, earlier in his remarks, stated that the US government was committed to ensuring credible elections in Nigeria.

He said: “The United States government does not support any candidate. We support a clean, fair process in which the choices of the Nigerian people will prevail. The interest of the United States is to see free, fair, transparent and non-violent elections in Nigeria in 2019.”

The US envoy also stated that it was important to keep an eye on the development programmes in the Niger Delta region, as the country enters the political season, leading to the general elections.

Bray added: “We are visiting key political institutions and figures. We are trying to work out ways our government can engage with Nigerians, candidates, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies, as we go into the elections.”



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