British High Commission to Partner With NDDC on clean energy

The British High Commission has expressed its intent to forge partnerships with the NDDC, with a focus on renewable energy, clean technology, and green infrastructure within the Niger Delta region.

This announcement came during a visit by a delegation led by Mr. Hamish Tye, Second Secretary (Political) of the British High Commission in Abuja, to the NDDC Managing Director, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, at the Commission's headquarters in Port Harcourt.

Mr. Tye acknowledged the NDDC's commitment to achieving sustainable development in the Niger Delta through collaborations with both national and international development agencies.

He stated, "The attraction to the NDDC now is to explore the possibilities of collaboration. Given the work the NDDC is doing in the Niger Delta region, I believe a lot of partners would support its efforts more broadly. We would further explore partnerships with the NDDC, with a focus on renewable, clean energy and green infrastructure."

Dr. Ogbuku, the CEO of NDDC, emphasized that the Commission has prioritized Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) as a central policy focus to drive development in the Niger Delta region.

He explained, "Since we assumed office, we have made partnerships our core policy focus. We have visited several embassies and met with development partners and donor agencies. Partnerships are one of the major ways to achieve sustainable development in the Niger Delta region, and it is important that NDDC, as the driver of development in the region, stays at the forefront of ensuring that the right partnerships are made."

Furthermore, Ogbuku mentioned the recent Policy Dialogue with Development Partners in Abuja, which aimed to enhance governance through transparency and value-added partnerships. He highlighted the positive outcomes of the conference and expressed his optimism about the NDDC's progress.

In recent times, the NDDC Executive Management has also engaged with the India High Commission in Abuja, as well as the French Development Agency (AFD) and the German Development Agency (GIZ) offices in Abuja, to explore innovative funding mechanisms and secure technical expertise for impactful projects.

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