By Nuel Suji – The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has commissioned a N130million residential building meant for personnel of the Nigeria Police.
Acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, while commissioning the building in Port Harcourt, Monday stressed the need to pursue vigorously the completion and commissioning of projects embarked upon by the Commission in order to meet the yearning of the people.
Mrs Semenitari said at the commissioning it has become imperative to deliver on its mandate “in the face of recent security and economic challenges and incidents in the Niger Delta.
“I believe it is incumbent upon us to continue to collaborate with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that these challenges are resolved and our people begin to move away from destructive to constructive engagement.”
According to the NDDC boss the commissioned project was part of a broad-based partnership with the Nigeria Police Force to add value to their effort at improving regional security, noting that the Commission had a responsibility to make sure that those who take care of our safety were provided with befitting and comfortable accommodation.
“And this is a worthy testimony of the commission’s new commitment to the speedy and credible completion of projects,” she said adding that the NDDC will work hard to complete ongoing projects “so that the people of the Niger Delta region will enjoy the benefits of their immense contributions to the wealth and well-being of Nigeria.
“This is what we owe them. This is what we owe ourselves, as custodians of their collective aspiration,” Mrs. Semenitari said.
The NDDC boss commended the contractors of the project and called on all NDDC contractors to emulate them. “We do have examples of contractors who do their work diligently. This is one of them,” she said.
Reacting, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Musa Kimo, commended the NDDC for its continued support for the police in the region.
“I thank the NDDC, on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, and I promise that the residential quarters will be well utilized for the benefit of the senior police officers,” Kimo said.
Adding that NDDC’s contribution to the welfare of the police officers would serve as a big source of encouragement and motivation. “This is a dream come true,” he said.