The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC), Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, has expressed his gratitude to the Senate for passing the NDDC’s 2023 budget.
The Senate had earlier stood down consideration of the budget and requested further information and clarifications on the financial activities of the NDDC for 2021 and 2022 budget estimates.
Ogbuku, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, said that the passage of the budget was a significant milestone in developing the Niger Delta region.
He said the budget, which amounted to N876 billion, would enable the NDDC to continue providing critical infrastructure and services to the region’s people.
Th NDDC boss said: “We are grateful to the Senate for its support and commitment to developing the Niger Delta region. The passage of this budget will enable us to continue providing critical infrastructure and services to the region’s people.”
Ogbuku, who pledged to ensure that the funds allocated in the budget were used judiciously and through due process, said the NDDC would work assiduously to ensure that its projects were completed on time and to the highest standards.
He said: “We are committed to ensuring that every kobo allocated in this budget is used for its intended purpose. We will work tirelessly to ensure that our projects are completed on time and to the highest standards.”
The NDDC boss also called on all stakeholders in the Niger Delta region to support the agency in its efforts to develop the region.
Ogbuku stated that the commission needed the support and cooperation of all stakeholders in the region to achieve its goals, adding; “Together, we will build a better future for our people. We cannot do this alone.”