President Muhammadu Buhari

The Niger Delta Development Commission hitherto under the supervision and monitoring of the office of the secretary to the government of the federation SGF has now been moved to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs according to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari while addressing the nation in commemoration of Nigeria’s 59th independence day in Abuja said the decision is to enhance and propel a fast and enduring development of the Niger Delta.

It is also a deliberate action taken to enhance the quality of life of the people according to the president.

In a widely televised independence day anniversary broadcast, the president said the decision underscored his administration commitment to improving the living standards of the people in the Niger Delta, through coordinated and appropriate programmmes.

The recent redeployment of the Niger Delta Development Commission from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs underscores our commitment to enhancing the living standards of our communities in the Niger Delta, through coordinated and appropriate programmes,” he said.

President Buhari also harped on his government determination to combat militants attacks on the Nation oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta and accelerate the Ogoni Clean-up to address long standing environmental challenges in that region.

“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,” he added. (NAN)