22 October 2017, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has pledged to support the National Social Investment Programme, NSIP, in fighting poverty, especially in the Niger Delta region.
The NDDC Managing Director, Mr. Nsima Ekere, made the promise when the Special Adviser to the President and head of NSIP, Mrs Maryam Uwais, and other members of her team, paid him a courtesy visit at the Commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt.
The NDDC Chief Executive Officer commended the Federal Government’s initiative in the social investment programmes, stressing that the Commission would support NSIP in monitoring and working to fight poverty in the Niger Delta.
“Poverty knows no political affiliation or religious inclination. I am happy that NSIP is fighting poverty and striving to give hope to the poorest of the poor, who arguably, could be found more in the Niger Delta that produces the wealth of the nation.”
Ekere said that the Commission was also partnering with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN, to create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths in the Niger Delta as well as train women to run sustainable businesses.
He said that the NDDC had since adopted a 4-R strategy to redefine its processes, according to him, the new initiative entails, “Restructuring the balance sheet; Reforming the governance systems to ensure that as an organization, NDDC complies with extant rules and regulations; Restoring the core mandate of the Commission and Reaffirming commitment to doing what’s right and proper at all times “.
Speaking earlier, the head of the NSIP, Mrs. Maryam Uwais, said the N-Power job scheme for unemployed graduates was now running in 36 states, adding that 200,000 unemployed graduates were effectively enrolled and validated last year and cleared to be receiving the N30, 000 monthly stipends.