The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, field forensic auditors should now carry out their activities of identifying and verifying projects across the Niger Delta region with extra confidence.
This is after the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, handed over 33 Ford Ranger utility vehicles to the Security Committee working with them, to help in the physical verification phase of the forensic exercise.
Senator Akpabio, who inaugurated the vehicles at the new NDDC headquarters in Marine Base, Port Harcourt, but was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr Babayo Ardo, observed that the report of the forensic audit, which covers the nine states of the Niger Delta region, would guide further interventionist actions in the area, as the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs remains committed to the rapid development of the Niger Delta and the repositioning of the NDDC to effectively deliver on its mandate.
In another development, Senator Godswill Akpabio commended the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, for training 200 youths on computer technology under its skill acquisition programme.
The Minister, who spoke through the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Babayo Ardo during the graduation ceremony of trainees, drawn from the nine Niger Delta states, said the NDDC made a bold decision to spearhead the technology revolution in Nigeria, and charged the graduating trainees to go out to conquer and succeed.
“Failure is not an option. Never rest until you achieve your goals. Resist the temptation to go back to your comfort zone and relapse back to unproductivity and the familiar and convenient mind-set of blaming society and government for misfortunes in life. Knock on all ‘doors’ and assume your ‘doors’ of opportunities will be opened”, Akpabio affirmed.
Earlier in his welcome address, the NDDC Interim Administrator, Mr Efiong Akwa, said that the ceremony may not have taken place but for the intervention of the Minister, who charged the Commission to ensure the conclusion of the ICT training programme.
Akwa said that the Commission’s objectives were to develop the human, as well as the community by providing the youths and indigenes with relevant skills which would empower them towards either establishing small-scale businesses or acquiring enough knowledge to advance further in the IT world.