BY GABRIEL OKECHUKWUM, FRCN PORT HARCOURT
The Acting Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Dr. Emmanuel Audu – Ohwavborua says the commission is committed to implementation of people-oriented programmes.
Dr Audu-Ohwavborua who made the commitment during the flag off exercise of distribution of relief materials to flood affected communities in Abia State, expressed regret at the damage done by the flood to the victims and their sources of livelihood.
The Acting Managing Director who was represented by the Director Abia State Office, NDDC, Mr. Dimgba Erugba enjoined the people to keep faith with the interventionist agency as it will soon roll out free medical outreach to cater for the health concerns of the people of Niger Delta region.
“We are looking forward to restarting our flagship program of NDDC free medical outreach to various communities in the region as a means to bring critical lifesaving healthcare services nearer to the people.”
He insisted that NDDC will continue to champion the development of the region.
“Consequently, it is in the spirit and vision of ameliorating the plight of our people following the ravages of the food and supporting the good works of the relevant agencies and State Governments in the Region in providing some succor to the flood ravaged needy populations of our people in the Region that this fag-off ceremony is being conducted today.”
“We also hope that medical equipment and other items will be put to good use and benefit of the people of the region.”
Receiving the items on behalf of Abia State Government, the Chairman Ukwa West Local Government Area, Mr. Okey Kalu who was represented by Mr. Leonard Ejiogu expressed gratitude over the items while the Chairman Ukwa West Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Highness, Eze Chinyere Dike, acknowledged that NDDC has embarked on developmental projects in the State.
The Monarch gave assurance of judicious distribution of the items to the affected people.
The relief materials distributed included bags of rice, beans, noodles, mattress and many others household items.