Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Nsima Ekere, says the Commission has embraced the Public-Private Partnership, PPP, option to galvanise the infrastructure delivery drive in the Niger Delta region.
The NDDC Chief Executive Officer stated this during a courtesy visit by a delegation from the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, ICRC, at the commission's headquarters in Port Harcourt.
Ekere, who was represented by the NDDC
Executive Director Projects, Dr Samuel Adjogbe, said that the NDDC was urgently seeking ways to stimulate industrial growth in the Niger Delta region, noting that it was adopting the PPP option in the execution of a
Niger Delta Regional Power Pool Project.
He remarked that the power project was one of the critical areas where private sector participation was required to encourage investors to set up industries in the Niger Delta, lamenting that the high cost of power in the region was increasing the operational cost of industries and thus serving as a disincentive.
According to the NDDC boss, there was need to make a deliberate effort to set up projects that can boost power and attract investors to the region. He said: “We have identified industrial parks in different parts of the region and we intend to support them with the power project.”
“We need an attitudinal
change in the Niger Delta. We have agitated long enough. We now need to harness our energies for development efforts.”
He said that internet penetration in the Niger Delta was another area of focus for the Commission, in its efforts to link the entire region with fibre optics. He stated that the leadership of the Commission recently visited São Tomé and Principe to discuss with the country's Prime Minister on the possibility of benefiting from their own excess internet capacity.
In his address, the Acting Director-General of ICRC, Chidi Izuwah Snr, said that the delegation was in the Niger Delta region on a monitoring visit to Federal PPP/Concession projects in Port Harcourt and Onne areas.