The Special Assistant to the Interim Administrator of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on Youth Matters, Hon. Orusakwe Aseimiegha, on a familiarisation and introductory TownHall meeting with various youth organisations in Bayelsa State.
In response to the SA youth to the Interim Administrator, the Technical Adviser to the Governor on NDDC, Hon. Kuro Matthias Nyenye, assures the commission that the Bayelsa State Government is willing and ready to collaborate with the commission for rapid development of the state, therefore, it is the position of the commission to liaise with the state government in policy formulation and implementation. The state as a major stakeholder must be involve in the formulation of policy in regards to the development of Bayelsa State. By so doing, it will ensure the efficient management of scarce resources, reduce tension amongst our citizens and also to avoid the duplication of projects in the state in line with the developmental agenda and programmes of the prosperity government. The idea of keeping an interim administration in place of a substantive board is illegal and it is not acceptable.
The office of the Technical Adviser to the Governor on NDDC, has commence in creating data base to ascertain the number of projects awarded to Bayelsa State from inception till date, how many projects completed, abandon, ongoing, stalled and failed. Furthermore, before the commencement of any subsequent project, the office of the Technical Adviser to the Governor on NDDC should be informed for proper documentation and follow-up.
In line with the mandate of the commission and the vision and development objectives of the prosperity government, the office of the Technical Adviser to the Governor has developed this strategy as an advisory tool that will enhance, compliment and promote the sustainable development of the state through the intervention and collaboration with the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Hon. Kuro Matthias Nyenye, is calling for support from the various communities as the profiling and needs assessment exercise is on because it’s a proactive step to involve the communities in government policy formulation and implementation.The era of sitting at the comfort of their offices to prepare budget without involving the communities is no longer acceptable. NDDC as an interventionist agency doesn’t make them to prepare budget on assumption.
Bayelsa is a state that has laws that govern her programmes and activities thus,the commission’s developmental agenda must be in tandem with the laws of the state in order to avoid distortion of the plans by the government.