NDDC: We’ll Give Optimum Priority To Challenges Of Mandate States In Our Oversight Functions – Tunji-Ojo House committee chair.

The newly-appointed Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Hon Olubunmi Tunji -Ojo has asuured the leadership of the House and people of the Niger Delta area that his committee will not disappoint nor fail in meeting the yearnings of the people.

He said his committee would give optimum priority to the myriad of challanges confronting people of the mandate states while discharging their oversight functions

Tunji-Ojo, who represents Akoko North East-North West Federal Constituency of Ondo State at the Green Chamber, gave the assurance in a statement issued to newsmen over the weekend.

He appreciated the Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and other members of the selection committee who appointed him to chair the committee, saying it is a privilege and a call to duty.

The Ondo lawmaker said: “I am not unmindful of the challenges and expectations of the people of mandate states across the country.

“I must reiterate that this Committee appointment has graciously come with its many responsibilities. Clearly, there are expectations to be met and challenges to overcome. I am also conscious of the loud yearnings of all our people that make up the Niger-Delta states. But, I can boldly state here that disappointment and failure do not have any place in my operational mindset.

“I also want to warmly assure my honourable colleagues and people of the mandate states that every privilege and opportunity within the ambit of my influence as NDDC House Committee Chairman will be maximally explored to positively impact their lives.

“I promise to expertly use the instrumentality of legislation to give deserved attention to human capital and infrastructural development in all the mandate states. The issue of environment degradation will likewise be given optimum priority while discharging our oversight functions.

“By the special grace of God, my impact and that of all other members of NDDC Committee will be impressively felt as long as we remain in the saddle.

Tunji-Ojo also promised to work very closely with all the NDDC Committee members and to consistently give listening ears to all useful advice that may be of benefits to people from the mandate states.

He said: “No effort will be spared to comprehensively undertake our responsibilities in this Committee. My determination is to also work in agreement with all the Committee members to ensure that the people of mandate states get the fair and deserved value for their God-given natural resources.”

Call Me First Lady From Now On And Not Wife Of The President – Aisha Buhari

The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Thursday, announced her decision to be addressed as the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

She said this would take effect immediately in order to resolve the issue of the title of wives of governors.

Buhari disclosed her new official title at the presentation of awards to the former and current wives of Governors of the 36 states.

The event held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“When my husband was newly elected, I personally chose to be called the wife of the President.

“But, I realised that it causes confusion from the state as to whether the wives of state governors are to be addressed as the first ladies or wives of the governors.

“So, forgive me for confusing you from the beginning, but now I chose to be called the first lady,” she said.

Flood Sacks Delta Community


Flood sacks Delta community.

By Odita Sunday.

Residents of Umueze in Ibusa town, Delta State today called on the Federal government and Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to come to their rescue and save them from perrenial flood which has rendered them homeless.

One of the residents, Ogechukwu Okonkwor who spoke to The Guardian noted that the flood was as a result of the NDDC contractor drainage system constructed poorly without proper channeling.

According to him, “This bad job is now causing Umueze people so much pain. Many would be rendered homeless if something is not done urgently.

“You don’t construct drainage where there are existing Houses over the years.”

Another resident who prefers to remain anonymous said: “The contractor must be made to face the law. Things should be done right in Delta. We are tired of shoddy jobs.”

  1. It was gathered that the flood was triggered by heavy rainfall in Delta State today.