New NDDC boss promises sweeping changes

Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, Acting Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has promised sweeping changes the commission.

Pondei announced this at his maiden meeting with NDDC management and staff , a by the commission’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr Charles Odili on Friday stated.

President Muhammadu had on Wednesday replaced Ms Joi Nunieh with Pondei the newly-expanded five-man Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the commission.

The committee was set up by to help create an “enabling environment” for the forensic audit of the commission’s finances and contracts starting from 2001.

According to Pondei, NDDC will soon be reorganised to enhance its service delivery and reduce sufferings of the people.

“We need to have quality assurance and measurable performance indicators in every unit and of NDDC.

“I am a problem solver by training, and as such, pray that members of the IMC will work together to solve problems.  

“We must up with of seriously improving on our service delivery by paying attention to efficiency and quality.

“Every in NDDC will need to up with new work plans and we need to have measurable indices in those work plans,” he said.

Pondei said that NDDC was in “trouble,” having spent about 20 its creation without making much progress.

The managing director said that was passionate about welfare of Niger Delta people, hence his decision to adopt new strategies in tackling problems of the region.

“Buhari decided that we have done the same thing, using the same method and getting the same result, that it was time to try something different.

“To this end, members of the new IMC have resolved to work together as an indivisible team. We also need to work in harmony with NDDC management and staff.

“Feelers from members of the public show that NDDC staff were seen as contributing to problems of the region,” he said. (NAN)