The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with FOSTER, one of its development partners.
FOSTER is a DFID funded project, which aims to reduce the misuse of power and capture of oil revenues in Nigeria.
The NDDC partnership with FOSTER will commit the Commission to delivering value for money to the people of the region towards fulfilling its core mandate to the people and region in line with both the development master plan of the region and the federal government’s vision of a peaceful, developed and economically viable Niger Delta region.
A statement from NDDC’s head office in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital says FOSTER will support the NDDC to strategically transition the Commission from a contract awarding to a development strategy, develop a communication strategy that has a mechanism that allows for feedback from key stakeholders that will ensure all key stakeholders are aware of NDDC’s activities as well as develop a robust monitoring and evaluation strategy that will help ensure projects are impactful on the lives of the host communities.
Under the terms of the MOU, FOSTER will work with the NDDC to strengthen some of its core processes. Some objects in the MOU include project selection and budgeting, M&E, reporting, strategic communication and stakeholder engagement.
The NDDC also signed an MOU with DFID funded Market Development in the Niger Delta MADE. The MOU will enable grant funding for sustainable development initiatives and encourage increase in Non-Oil Products in the region.
According to the statement, MADE through its expertise will assist NDDC in boosting its efforts at stimulating sustainable, pro-poor growth in selected agric value chains.
“Today will go down in history as a day the change we’ve always desired in NDDC is happening. We have chosen the path of deliberate professional and thorough engagement with our partners for the good of the commission and the region. This administration from inception recognized the need to collaborate and in so doing act as the integrator for all plans to develop the region”, the statement said.
The NDDC formalization of partnership with MADE is part of the Commission’s strategic collaboration for change in the Niger Delta while MADE on its part reiterated its commitment to improving the position of the economically active poor and women in the Niger Delta region.