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 NDDC boss hails Tinubu’s directive on tackling Bayelsa coastal erosion

NDDC boss hails Tinubu’s directive on tackling Bayelsa coastal erosion

The managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Samuel Ogbuku, has described President Bola Tinubu as a leader who has the interest of the people at heart.

Ogbuku’s commendation of Tinubu followed a presidential directive ordering a quick intervention in what is considered to be one of the worst ecological disasters in the Niger Delta occasioned by a devastating ocean surge in the Sangana community of Brass local government area of Bayelsa state.

The NDDC’s boss, accompanied by the Executive Director (Projects), Sir Victor Antai, and other relevant directors of the commission, visited the community for an on-the-spot assessment of the level of devastation and donated relief materials for the immediate needs of the people who were displaced by the ocean surge.

According to Ogbuku, President Tinubu is happy with the people of the community because of its economic importance and the sustained peace over the years which created the enabling environment for oil exploration and exploitation activities.

He said: “Before your letter of appeal arrived at our head office in Port Harcourt, the ocean surge in Sangana was already publicized in the media. The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria saw it and directed that we must go and see what is happening in Sagana and give him feedback.

“I felt elated at the Presidential directive which indicated that the country has a very responsible President who is interested in the welfare of the people, no matter how far they are.

“My presence in your community, apart from being a son of the soil, is in response to Mr. President’s directive and having witnessed first-hand the devastation in your community, we will proceed immediately to see how we can salvage the situation.”

While urging the people of Sangana community to continue to maintain the peace to attract development, he assured them that the NDDC was going to use the best modern technology to tackle the Sangana erosion scourge.

Ogbuku noted: “We had earlier awarded the contract for shore protection in your community, but we are going to review it.

“The whole idea in the NDDC is that we are also looking at new technology such as Geotube system. The system is also used in rebuilding and reclaiming the land naturally.”

He also used the opportunity to call on the multinational oil companies operating in the area to join hands in addressing the persistent ocean surge in the communities around the area as NDDC could not afford to do it all alone.

Ogbuku further said: “Having ascertained the situation on the ground, we will go back and put the papers together and also see how we can partner with the state government and the International Oil Companies (IOCs) to see how we can all come together to ensure that we protect our communities.”

The chairman of the Sangana Council of Traditional Rulers, King Moses Theophilus, Kenibara VII, Amadabo of Moko-Ama Sangana, thanked President Tinubu for the love showered on the people of the Sangana community.

He also thanked Mr. President for appointing their son from Bayelsa state as the managing director of NDDC.

He assured the federal government that the people of the community would continue to maintain peace and cooperation with the government for the development of the country.

A former chairman of Brass local government area and a community leader, Hon. Bello Bina, thanked Ogbuku for personally finding time to visit the community.

He said the people of Sangana were overwhelmed with the presentation of the relief materials which are worth hundreds of millions of Naira. (The Nation)

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