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An Activist On The Saddle

Mrs Semenitari’s background as an activist has blended well with the President Buhari’s resolve to get things done in a new and better way to produce an air of urgency in pursuing the core mandate of the regional interventionist agency.
To achieve her set goals, she knew that the staff at the NDDC had to be a critical part of her work plan and so she quickly began to consciously infect the workforce with discipline through exemplary leadership. Shortly After assuming office as Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, she stressed the necessity to dedication to duties and professionalism for both staff and management. She frowned at the nonchalant attitude of staff towards their work and responsibilities.
“staff are seen coming to work after without any sense of remorse for coming late. Others close at will, while some loiter around the offices through the working hours, yet some do not come at all. To curb this ugly trend, she introduced new work ethics, addressing staff attendance to work, staff visits to the office of the Acting MD/CEO, wearing of the official identification card by staff and hand carrying of documents.  To show that she was serious with the reforms, she ensured that she signed the staff attendance herself at the stipulated time.

Redefining Reward System

 Over the years, several Niger Delta youths have cried out against the marginalisation of non-violent youths of the region in the scheme of things at the intervention agencies in the region and by the various levels of government. Many believe the system has been wired to reward arms bearing youths hence making crime lucrative.
Mrs Semenitari introduced a clear paradigm shift without distorting the system. While given ears to the interest former agitators, she ensured that those who have not taken arms were also heard and attended to.

The Girls in Engineering, Mathematics and Sciences GEMS, a novel program introduced by her made a bold statement that while those who have been involved in crime should be encouraged to stay away from wrongdoing, those who have refused to take up arms against the state or against other citizens should also be adequately rewarded and encouraged for their nonviolent feats.
With a rigorous elimination process that began with 2,880 girls selected from the nine covered by the NDDC, five students came out tops at the grand finale which took place in Port Harcourt in April. The five GEMS, Adeyeye Ayomide, Orjiugo Amarachi, Francis Bassey, Jeremiah Blessing, and Grace Bassey from Ondo, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states respectively received five million Naira each.
Mrs Semenitari also insisted that the selection process for the 2016/2017 post graduate scholarship program must be transparent so that only suitably qualified candidates get the chance to be sponsored by the commission.

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