The Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Chibuzor Ugwuoha has been lauded for the commitment of the commission towards boosting electricity supply in the Niger Delta region.
Head, Mechanical Department, Government Craft Development Centre, Port Harcourt, Mr Emeka Uzah, who made the commendation in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, in an interview with The Tide said, the provision of over 200 transformers to various communities across the nine Niger Delta states was a right step towards addressing the poor power supply situation in the region.
Uzah explained that without good power supply in the country, the dream of industrial development would remain a mirage, stressing that the NDDC’s gesture would encourage the growth of small scale enterprises, especially in the local areas.
Uzah, who is also principal works superintendent in the Ministry of Local Government Affairs, however, advised the commission to give priority to the training of technical manpower in view of the high oil production activities in the region.
“When youths in the region are exposed to technical training, it would be easier for them to get job placements in the numerous multinational oil companies operating in the region”, he said.
Apart from providing them means of livelihood, the training, according to him, would go along way in reducing criminalities as they would be engaged in meaningful activities.
Uzah urged youths to shun crime and to take advantage of NDDC’s lofty programmes to improve their socio-economic well-being.
He described Ugwuoha’s leadership of NDDC as one of the best things that has happened to the commission, noting that the managing director has acquired good exposure on oil-related issues and has verse experience in leadership.
He commended Governor Chibuike Amaechi for his wisdom in nominating Ugwuoha for the position, and expressed confidence in his ability to deliver the desired results.