The attention of the management of the Niger Delta Development
Commission, NDDC, has been drawn to spurious media speculations which
tended to give a political colouration to the ongoing impasse between
the Rivers State Internal Revenue Service and the Commission.
The NDDC as a responsible organisation is mindful of its corporate
social responsibilities and will at all times meet its legal financial
obligations. This explains the stand of the Commission on the issue at
The commission feels strongly that due process was not followed and
thereby denying her of fair hearing when the RIRS opted to
surreptitiously procure an exparte order, instead of reaching for
dialogue and peaceful resolution. The commission was also not served
the court processes to enable it defend itself.
It is equally curious that the court order was obtained from a
provincial division of the Rivers State High Court sitting in Omoku.
As a Federal Government institution operating in Rivers state, the
NDDC will always pursue the sacred creed of harmony and good
conscience in its operational modalities.
There are ongoing efforts to resolve this matter amicably in the
overall interest of the entire people of the Niger Delta Region.