Report on Interest

Buhari justifies NDDC’s placement under Niger Delta Ministry

By News desk

President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that recent redeployment of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to  Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs was meant to enhance quality of life of people within region.

Buhari  said the decision underscored his administration’s commitment to improve living standards of the people in Niger Delta, through coordinated and appropriate programmes.

It will be recalled that NDDC, prior to the redeployment, was being supervised by  Office of  the Secretary to Government of the Federation.

Speaking while addressing nation in commemoration of Nigeria at 59th, in Abuja on Tuesday, Buhari indicated that the recent redeployment of the commission from office of  secretary to government of federation, to Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs underscores his administration’s commitment to enhance living standards of  communities within Niger Delta, through coordinated and appropriate programmes.

According to him, the administration remains equally resolute in its efforts to combat militant attacks on the nation’s oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta and accelerate the Ogoni Clean-up to address long-standing environmental challenges in that region.

He added that Ministry of Police Affairs had been resuscitated to oversee development and implementation of strategies to enhance internal security.

“My recent assent to the Nigerian Police Trust Fund (Establishment) Act has created a legal framework to support our Police with increased fiscal resources to enhance their law enforcement capabilities. These initiatives are being complemented by the ongoing recruitment of 10,000 constables into the Nigeria Police Force.

“This clearly demonstrates our commitment to arrest the incidence of armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes across our nation,’’  Buhari added.

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