July 19, 2024

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2024 Budget: NDDC Reaffirms Commitment to N/Delta Development

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The Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, has appealed to stakeholders of the Niger Delta region to refrain from making hasty judgments on the Commission’s initiative to pool resources for urgent development purposes.

This was contained in a release made available to TNN by the Director, Corporate Affairs, Pius Ughakpoteni, where the dedication of the Commission to the development of the region and the welfare of its people was reaffirmed.

The release read that the “NDDC appreciates the concerns expressed in some quarters over the plan to obtain credit lines of 1trillion Naira to fund the completion of on-going and new legacy projects of the Commission across the Niger Delta region.

“The Senate had in its wisdom approved the NDDC 2024 budget of N1,911,844,833,046, which made provision for securing the sum of N1 trillion to be sourced from the development and commercial banks.

“It is important to clarify that this fund will be deployed to complete a total of 1,006 legacy projects spread across the region, which includes roads, bridges, electricity projects, school buildings, hospitals, shore protection and reclamation, among others.”

It noted that “the arrangement is for the budget to be funded through statutory provision and borrowings to curb the inflation rate and ensure that quality projects are delivered to the Region on time.

“While emphasizing public-private partnerships, we have strategically made provisions to leverage private capital for big-ticket infrastructure projects in regional roads to enhance transportation and other sectors. This marks a critical step towards diversifying our source of funding.

“The main emphasis will be the completion of many ongoing legacy projects that have advanced greatly. It is our expectation that by the end of the 2024 fiscal year we would have completed more than 200 kilometres of roads across the Niger Delta region.”

NDDC urged stakeholders to “appreciate the fact that Regional Development needs a robust funding mechanism to effectively address specific and urgent development needs in the Niger Delta region. Obviously, timely and flexible financial decision-making is crucial to respond effectively to dynamic regional challenges.

“The funding plan is meant to insulate the NDDC from the inflationary pressure which is impairing the ability of the Commission to complete its development projects on schedule.

“There is no doubt that funding is critical to the development of the Niger Delta region and the implementation of the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration.”

The Commission further commended the 10th National Assembly for “always supporting us in the urgent task of developing the Niger Delta region. The expeditious passage of our 2024 budget underscores the devotion of the lawmakers to regional development and to the greater welfare of the Niger Delta people.”

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