Upholding its mandate of enhancing sustainable development, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has reiterated the importance of giving opportunities to persons living with disability, in its efforts at ensuring every part of the region is captured in its programmes and policies.
Speaking at the presentation of letters of engagement to twelve new employees of the Commission who are living with disabilities in Port Harcourt, the Interim Administrator/CEO of NDDC, Mr. Effiong Akwa, said the Commission was determined to harness the potentials of all Niger Deltans in order to make the region a better place.
Effiong Akwa handing one of the beneficiaries her appointment letter
According to Mr. Akwa the commission is perhaps the first Federal Government agency to begin the implementation of the Act on persons living with disability which was passed into law in 2019, acknowledging that it was a display of the commission’s humane disposition and care for people of the region.
Akwa urged the new employees to reciprocate the gesture the Buhari government has shown them with dedication to duty, while living as good ambassadors of Nigeria and people of the Niger Delta region.
The NDDC boss ceased the opportunity to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for his interest in the development of the region as evidenced in the numerous interventions in infrastructure and human capacity development so far recorded.
Lauding the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godswill Akpabio who conveyed the Federal Government’s approval for the engagement of people living with disabilities, Akwa described the move as part of the Buhari administration’s drive for inclusiveness, especially as it identifies with people of every demographic.
Also speaking at the ceremony, the commission’s Director of Human Resources, Barr. Silas Anyanwu, said the gesture was a pointer that NDDC was mindful of the plight of the people of the region, noting that the commission was prepared to work with everyone to develop the region.
Commending the NDDC’s approach to human capital development the regional chairman of the Joint Association of People Living with Disability, Mr. Simon Bidei, thanked the Commission for coming to the aid of persons living with disability, noting that “it was the first of its kind, while appreciating the Buhari administration for remembering them.
Bidei called on other organizations to emulate NDDC, noting that the Commission had taken into consideration the needs of persons living with disability in constructing the new headquarters building.