THE Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, has reassured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to ensuring peace and security in the Niger Delta region.
Semenitari, who made this remark when the leaders of the Ijaw National Congress paid her a courtesy visit at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, reaffirmed President Buhari’s love for the Ijaw and the Niger Delta, stating that they would continue to benefit from government like other Nigerians.
She said that the President’s commitment to the region manifested in the recent commencement of the clean-up of the region starting with Ogoniland.
She said, “The mantra is that we clean up and we stay clean. This government does not want us to suffer the effects of pollution in our region and it is determined to compel every polluter to pay for his action.
“We have a government that is clearly interested in the matters that affect the region. Let me also say that in terms of his commitment to the NDDC, President Buhari has been very consistent and has made it clear that his mandate to us is that we must ensure development in the region.
“He is averse to sloppiness. He wants an understanding of the pains of the people of the region and so I would like to reassure you of the President’s commitment to your concerns as a socio-cultural organisation.”
The NDDC Chief Executive Officer urged the Ijaw leaders to make efforts to stem the rising tide of militancy in the Niger Delta.