NDDC boss accused of nursing Rivers governorship ambition

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Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr. Joi Nunieh, has denied nursing ambition to become governor, insisting that her target is to revamp the commission to serve the interest of the region and the country.

Nunieh stated this yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, during the sensitization forum by NDDC Staff Cooperative Investment and Credit Society Limited on the establishment of a micro finance bank (MfB).

She, however, pledged to work with the presidency, the National Assembly and other stakeholders to reposition NDDC to achieve the purpose it was set up.

“I am so delighted to be part of this important event that will clearly underline our collective resolve to reposition the NDDC to achieve its core mandate of facilitating the rapid, even and sustainable development of our region into an economically viable, socially stable, ecologically regenerative and politically peaceful part of the Nigerian federation,” she said.

The NDDC boss re-stated the resolve of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) to join forces with key stakeholders to challenge powerful forces and systems that held the commission captive and subverted its core objectives.

She said that the floating of a micro-finance bank was coming at the most auspicious time when hard decisions needed to be taken to reset the trajectory of the NDDC and avoid the backlash of history.

According to her, the initiative will not only touch the lives of NDDC staff, but also expand the frontiers of opportunities for the people of the region.

Nunieh added: “Now is the time for the good news and it begins right here as we collectively embrace the idea of pulling our resources together to build a platform that will make financial products and services accessible and affordable to individuals and businesses, regardless of personal net worth or business size.

“Micro-finance is globally recognized as a key element of development that is not built on handouts and patronage. It is a vital force for unleashing the capacity of people, especially in developing counties, to find lasting solutions to the economic challenges. It engenders financial inclusion and removes the barriers that exclude many people from participating in the financial sector and using the services to improve their lives.

“As we continue working to increase financial inclusion and access to safe, affordable financial services through the establishment of the micro-finance bank, we must be reminded of the greater task of building an intervention agency that delivers quality services and infrastructure for our region and our people.”