THE commissioner representing Delta State on the board of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Chief Tom Amioku, has said that poor funding and infighting, were responsible for the poor performance of the commission in the past, adding that the current NDDC board would avoid past mistakes.
He also called on Nigerians to give the commission the needed support, to enable it deliver on its mandate.
Amioku, in Warri, Delta State when the leadership of Niger Delta Patriotic Initiative, NPDI, visited him, said that the newly-constituted NDDC board, led by Senator Bassey Eta-Henshaw and Mr. Bassey Dan-Abia, was committed to the ideals, which led to the setting up of the commission.
‘’I can assure you that President Goodluck Jonathan constituted the current board with the conviction that we will not disappoint him in the task assigned to us. What is truly exciting to me is the fact that the Federal and state governments are by and large finally synchronising their statutory obligations for optimum developmental results.”
Commending Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State for the infrastructural strides his administration has recorded, Amioku called on youths of the region to eschew violence and borrow a leaf from the intellectual orientation of groups like the NPDI.