NDDC boss to officials: Don’t collude with enemies of Niger Delta

A note for Audu-Ohwavborua, the new NDDC boss

NDDC boss to officials: Don’t collude with enemies of Niger Delta

Acting Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Emmanuel Audu-Ohwavborua, has called on members of staff not to collude with those working against the progress and development of the Niger Delta region.

Speaking during a staff work ethics/organisational behaviour advocacy programme at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, Audu-Ohwavborua, said he identified those he described as enemies of the Niger Delta region in his book entitled: “Real enemies of the Niger Delta.”

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He said: “I identified among others, indigenes of the Niger Delta region as one category of enemies. I also identified those with power and influence; those that find themselves in the corridors of power, in government offices; some indigenes of the region who find themselves in position of influence, but refused to put the region’s interest first. Those who collude with foreign and local investors, to short-change the region, to deprive the region of its full and legitimate benefits, are real enemies of the region.”

Audu-Ohwavborua said achieving the goals of any organisation was tied to the efficiency of the organisation’s workforce.

“We know the right thing, the question is, do we do the right thing. Working without measuring performance is motion without movement.

“Management scientists will tell us that the attainment of an organisation’s goals or objectives is highly dependent on the work behaviour of its employees. It is against this backdrop, therefore, that the theme of this programme, ‘A motivated and disciplined workshop, the bedrock for organisational efficiency,’ is very instructive.”

In his presentation, Chairman, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta, guest speaker at programme, said proper recruitment was key to an organisation’s success and urged NDDC staff to imbibe the habit of self-improvement with further formal education.

“Self-development and personal upgrades are key to personal progress,” he said.

On effect of proper ethical practices on the successes of an organisation, Nta said the sub-structure that leads to corruption is ethics.

“Where you have poor ethics, it leads to corruption. Every day you will be faced with ethical dilemma.”

Another guest speaker, a former Independent National Electoral Commission resident electoral commissioner, Mike Igini, urged staff of the commission to live up to the expectations of the Niger Delta people and fulfil the mandate of the NDDC. “Niger Deltans look up to the NDDC as the answer to their problems. The staff have a duty not to disappoint them,” he said.

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