The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Development, Shuaib Belgore, has applauded the Niger Delta Development Commission for coming up with a budgetary process that harbours stakeholders in the region.
The permanent secretary made the remark while presenting a keynote address at the NDDC Partners for Sustainable Development Forum – NDDC 2024 Budget of Reconstruction Conference in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State.
Belgore noted that the Commission is evolving and adopting a budgetary process that is in tandem with the provisions of extant laws, according to the Eagle.
He maintained that the commission’s budgets over the years had witnessed a series of challenges, adding that there were series of delays in approvals leading to poor implementation.
He opined that the outcome of the conference will help eliminate prevalent challenges.
Represented by the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics in the Ministry, Alfred Abah, he commended the effort of the commission to assemble critical stakeholders to prepare the 2024 budget of the Commission.
He urged the commission to focus on a common quest for the development of the Niger Delta Region.
“As the supervising Ministry, charged with the responsibility of coordinating the overall developmental efforts and activities in the Niger Delta Region, we promise to always provide and avail the Commission of all the necessary assistance needed to ensure passage of your annual budgets and consistent flow of statutory contributions from the Federal Government,” he added.