Director General of the BRACED Commission, Ambassador Joe Keshi

By Ndidi Ayaunor

PORT HARCOURT/Nigeria: The Director General of the BRACED Commission, Ambassador Joe Keshi, has declared the intention of states forming the commission to build a stronger regional economy that would be less reliant on the Oil and Gas sector of the national economy.

Ambassador Keshi made this declaration during a courtesy visit to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Niger Delta Affairs and BRACED Commission, Mr Ignatius Ziakegha and his team in Port Harcourt.

He explained that the commission was born out of the aspiration of the governors of the six South South states, consisting of Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Cross-River, Edo and Delta, to create a platform to deliver socio-economic development of the eegion.

In an earlier remark, the Special Adviser to the Governor, Mr Ziakegha, had disclosed that he was particularly encouraged to visit the commission headquarters after observing that its objectives were in tandem with the laudable SMART Agenda of the present administration now upscaled to Stronger Delta Initiative in the state.

Mr Ziakegha said his office intended to domesticate the initiative in the state with the view of improving a notable joint security network and other socio-economic developments in the region.

He further stated that his office intended to strengthen the synergy between the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the MDAs in Delta State to enhance seamless transmission of intervention projects and programmes of the Niger Delta to relevant agencies for the benefit of host communities.



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