The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) said on Saturday it had begun discussions with the development agencies of France and Germany to boost job creation and farmers’ productivity in the Niger Delta region.
The NDDC Managing Director, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, said this when he led a high-level delegation on a two-day visit to the French Development Agency and the German Development Agency offices in Abuja, according to a statement signed by the Director of Corporate Affairs, Pius Ughakpoteni.
During the visit, Dr. Ogbuku highlighted the NDDC’s eagerness to explore innovative funding mechanisms and secure technical expertise for impactful projects.
He emphasized the commission’s intention to leverage international best practices and ingenious solutions to effectively address the developmental challenges prevailing in the Niger Delta.
The NDDC boss underlined the commission’s commitment to its mandate of enhancing the quality of life for the Niger Delta people.
The statement quoted Dr. Ogbuku as saying, “The Niger Delta Development Commission is unwavering in its pursuit of sustainable development within the region.
“Our collaborative endeavors with esteemed partners like GIZ and the French Development Agency amplify our collective ability to bring about positive and enduring change.”
Earlier, the AFD Country Director in Nigeria, Xavier Muron, told the NDDC delegation that the agency was a development partner that gave a higher priority to supporting projects and programs related to climate change mitigation.
Also, the GIZ Country Director, Markus Wagner, said there were huge areas of opportunity for the NDDC to partner with the agency.
These, he said, included vocational training, helping farmers improve productivity, and technical support to enable farmers to tap the growing market for African fresh foods.