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The Interim Administrator of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Efiong Akwa has said that he led management team of the commission on a visit to governors of the region as part of its averred commitment to foster peace and stronger relationship between the commission and the nine state governors in the oil rich part of the country.
 
Mr. Akwa stated this while delivering a lecture on the Role of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC in National Development during the 4th Democracy Lecture Series at the University of Abuja last Tuesday.
 
The NDDC Interim Administrator noted that the visit afforded his management team the opportunity to liaise with the governors of the region on the areas of collaboration as well as the development of Niger Delta, adding.
 
Mr. Akwa however told the gathering that his team has so far visited Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Imo and Delta, saying that the various governors took time to eulogize the management of NDDC for changing narratives.
 
In his words, “When we came on board, we thought it necessary to visit State Governors in the Niger Delta States to acquaint them with the current realities of NDDC. When we visited Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, he commended us for the vision and pledged his readiness to work with us. He made commendable statements about the current leadership of NDDC.
 
“When we also visited Akwa Ibom State Governor, Deacon Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, he toed the line of appreciation and also said appreciable words about the current leadership in NDDC. Other governors also did same when we visited them, but the truth is that we now have a good relationship with the governors in the region.
 
“NDDC’s master plan has since expired. For a long time now, NDDC was not operating according to its master plan. This is because State Governors were not moving in the same developmental pattern with the commission, and you cannot blame them because they cannot be part of what they were not drafted in originally. The Governors were not carried along when the NDDC Master plan was drafted, that’s why you normally hear of clash of interest in project execution in some states, which also necessitated our desire to get in touch with them to know the areas NDDC can step in,” he said.
 
Earlier in his remarks, the Vice Chancellor, University of Abuja, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’allah noted that issues of development are vital to the survival and competitiveness of Nigeria. He wondered why development has been difficult to the country, saying that a greater part of Nigeria today still complains of unavailability of portable drinking water and other basic amenities, noting with the huge resources, the country cannot showcase anything tangible as a nation.

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Why we visited Niger Delta Governors – NDDC boss 

Professor Na’Allah further stated that the creation of NDDC was fundamental strategy to move Nigeria forward, and called on the various stakeholders to join hands in developing the region, which he said will in turn development Nigeria with a view to national unity.
 
“Nigeria came together as a great state, but it never stopped. We talked about pre-colonial, we are now talking about post-colonial. But the post-colonial was not an easy one for Nigeria. Some people have even stopped calling it post-colonial. But there were so many names that we called it; post imperialism. But was it really post-colonial? Why is it that development has been very difficult for this nation? Why is it that some part of Nigeria today can say we do not have drinking water? Why is it that the part of this Nigeria that is producing the resources for this nation cannot showcase anything, in terms of development? Why is it that we’ve tried all kinds of formula to develop this country, we even went to war? Why is that matters that made us to war are still the same matters that are showing their faces today? What are the sacrifices?
 
“The creation of NDDC was a fundamental as a part of sacrifice to move Nigeria forward. How has this agency assisted in helping in addressing development matters in this country? What is the relevant of NDDC to the survival of this country? What has it done? Why is that today, we now have more questions than answers? Is that we don’t have resources to develop this country? Is it human resources that is our problem?
 
“University such as this, just like we are is a model university in Nigeria by destiny of location. I say this every day, if President Muhammadu Buhari is the number one citizen in Nigeria, University of Abuja is the number one university in Nigeria. And this is one of the reasons today that we’ve brought great personalities; people who are thinkers of the society; leaders in the society, especially, the guest lecturer for today, Mr. Efiong Akwa to come and present his thoughts regarding NDDC and development of Nigeria,” Prof. Na’Allah said.
 
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, who was represented at the event by his Chief of Staff, Sir Etekamba Umoren thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for being committed to the yearnings of Niger Deltans, saying that the recent commissioning of the NDDC headquarters and other life-touching projects are testaments of the fact that President Buhari is committed to the development of the region.
 
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of awards to deserving personalities, including the NDDC Interim Administrator, Mr. Effiong Akwa. 

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Newly trained Narcotic Assistants ‘ll strengthen Nigerias anti-drug war – Marwa

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Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), has said the war against drug abuse and trafficking has gained significant strength with the addition of hundreds of newly trained Narcotic Assistants to the Agencys workforce.

He made the declaration at the official passing out parade and closing ceremony of the training of Narcotic Assistants Course 3, on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at the NDLEA Academy, Kotton Rikus, Jos, Plateau State.

Marwa, Special Guest and the reviewing officer of the parade, represented by the Agencys Secretary, Mr Shadrach Haruna, said: Todays ceremony signposts yet another of the Agencys efforts towards the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) campaign and the total eradication of illicit drugs and their effects in Nigeria. In particular, this training and passing out ceremony aligns with my vision of a well-motivated, visible and proactive workforce that is service-ready to meet the dreams and aspirations of the founding fathers of the Agency and that of the nation in general.

While stating that Narcotic Assistants Course 3 of 2021 is the largest of the cadre and the first-ever course in over 25 years, Marwa noted the process leading to the training started in 2019 but was put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which prevented gatherings and engendered global lockdowns across countries and continents.

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Newly trained Narcotic Assistants ‘ll strengthen Nigerias anti-drug war – Marwa

Gen. Marwa, while stressing that the Agency has lived up to its mandate and the accompanying challenges in the past eight months, reminded the new Narcotic Assistants that they will be joining their colleagues who are already in the field across Nigeria fighting the drug war. The training has prepared you physically, mentally and psychologically for the demanding tasks ahead. You must, henceforth, keep in mind that you are on national assignment in the fight against the drug pandemic, Marwa stated.

Warning of the dangers ahead, the NDLEA boss told the new officers: You are going to be assaulted and tempted psychologically and physically, subtly and brashly by merchants of this nefarious trade. You will be offered money and other forms of gratification. I call on you all to cultivate the will, guts and coping skills required to reject these temptations and allow for effective discharge of your duties.

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The NDLEA Chairman also seized the occasion to remind the new Narcotic Assistants and the public at large that the fight against illicit drug, this time, is not half-hearted and will not be compromised: The Agency more than ever before demands complete loyalty, commitment, sacrifice and dedication from you in pursuit of the nations goal of a drug-free society. Since I assumed office, I have demonstrated in word and in action, a desire to up the ante of Drug Enforcement Administration in Nigeria as well as improve staff welfare and better working conditions for the Agency. It is my aspiration that by the time the current series of Basic Training is completed, the NDLEA will be able to establish offices and presence in all the seven hundred and seventy-four (774) local government areas in Nigeria.

While assuring the new officers of the leaderships resolve to continue to work on improving the welfare, working conditions and environment of the Agencys workforce, Marwa urged them to abide by the ethos of paramilitary service, namely discipline and loyalty. I charge you all to conduct yourselves as well-trained and disciplined men fighting a just war aimed at ridding the country of the drug scourge, he said.

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He concluded his speech with a call to the public to join forces with the NDLEA at safeguarding the country against the drug menace.

We must always keep in mind that it is our society, our children, our youths, our people, our future and our culture that are under attack and in danger of being replaced by the drug culture. Let us together arise in unison against this dreaded monster, said Marwa.

The ceremony, which concluded with an awards presentation to the best performing cadets in eight different categories, was well attended by a cross-section of the public and service institutions, including representatives of the GOC, 3 Div, NA, Federal Road Safety Commission, (FRSC), Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Correction Service, chairman, Senate Committees on Narcotics and Jos North Traditional Council among others.

Femi Babafemi
Director, Media & Advocacy
NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja
Saturday, 25th September 2021

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Sets for commissioning, Tuesday

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday (September 28) commission the Special Protection Unit Base 6 barracks, built and donated by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to the Nigeria Police Force.

The barracks, with 68 fully air-conditioned flats, also comprises a five bedroom commander’s quarters, functional office accommodation, a sentry post, guardroom with armoury and a parade ground.

It is located in the Omagwa area of Port Harcourt, which is the host community for the Port Harcourt International Airport.

Construction of the barracks started several years ago, but was completed early this year as part of the renewed drive by the Commission, under the leadership of the Interim Administrator/Chief Executive, Mr Efiong Akwa, to complete key projects.

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NDDC donates Special Protection Unit Base for Nigeria Police

Speaking last July, Mr Akwa had noted that the apartment complex was meant to provide accommodation to Policemen in the Special Protection Unit (SPU) of the Force.

“The housing units will therefore help to improve security around around and within the Port Harcourt International Airport”, said the NDDC Chief Executive.

In the last two years, NDDC management has worked hard to complete important projects in different sectors of the economy. In addition, it has also donated many amenities and facilities, including garbage trucks and medical equipment to state governments in the region.

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Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said that some of the fiercest critics of his boss, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), dine with him at Aso Rock in Abuja.

He disclosed this in a piece titled, ‘Buhari, FFK, And The Quality Of Mercy’.

According to Adesina, the defection of former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress last week has caused “not a small ruckus” because of his past acerbic comments against Buhari.

He said though Fani-Kayode had said “unpardonable and unprintable” things about Buhari, his family and the APC, the President displayed “mercy” by receiving the controversial ex-minister into the party at the Villa last week.

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The presidential spokesman wrote, “Naturally, a lot of loyal APC members are hopping mad that FFK was readmitted into the party. And not only that, he got back at the highest level. Not at his ward in Ile-Ife, Osun State, but the triumphal entry was at the Presidential Villa, with President Buhari himself as the host.

Buhari’s fiercest critics dine with him at Aso Villa – Adesina

“I understand the umbrage taken against the development by teeming APC supporters. It’s the natural thing to do. But then, having vented spleen, raised dust and almost brought down the roof, the next thing is to isolate the issues dispassionately. With the bile displayed towards President Buhari and his family over the years, how did the man find the grace to have received FFK? How was he convinced? Who did the convincing? What were the extenuating factors? How? When? Why?

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“By agreeing to the readmission of FFK to APC as the leader of the party, and hosting him at the Villa, President Buhari displayed amazing capacity to forgive, to show mercy, and let bygones be bygones. How many of us can do that? Not many.”

“I have worked with the President for over six years. And I have seen amazing things in terms of accommodation and capacity to forgive. I have visited him at home many times in the evenings, only to find at dinner table with him people who had been abusing his forefathers on television earlier in the day.

“This President has a capacity to forgive, and forget. And make peace. That was what he displayed in the case of FFK. Nothing short of divine attribute, which me and you should covet and seek to approximate,” Adesina added.

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