THE acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Mrs. Ibim Seminitari, has pledged to actualise the development vision of President Muhammadu Buhari for the oil-rich region.
Seminitari, who said she had knowledge of what the NDDC should be doing in the area of developing the Niger Delta, added that she had a responsibility to drive the development of the region.
The newly-appointed NDDC MD, made this remark when her predecessor, Chief Bassey Dan-Abia, handed over to her at the commission’s corporate headquarters in Port Harcourt, on Tuesday.
Explaining that she was mindful of the challenges facing the Niger Delta region, Semenitari pointed out that it was time for her to play a role towards the growth of the region.
“I have knowledge of what the commission ought to be doing in terms of development. I understand what our challenges are. It is now time for me to do my part.
“I have a responsibility to God and to President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that his vision for the Niger Delta comes to pass,” she stressed.
Seminitari, who is the immediate past Commissioner for Information in Rivers State, told NDDC officials and board members to be ready to face the commission’s challenges.
“Because I am yet to get a briefing from the directors, I cannot make a clear policy statement. But I will do what the President wants, which is the development of the region. We will hit the road running,” she said.
Seminitari commended Dan-Abia for his service to the nation, adding that he (Dan-Abia) had done well as the MD of the NDDC.
Earlier in his remark, Dan-Abia described Seminitari as a true daughter of the Niger Delta, adding that the new managing director would bring her wealth of experience to bear.