By Modupe Gbadeyanka Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Victor Ndoma-Egba, has disclosed that a development bank would be established by the Federal Government for the region. Mr Ndoma-Egba made this disclosure at the weekend while addressing State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa after a meeting with the Vice President, Mr Yemi Osinbajo. According to him, the financial institution, to be known as the Niger Delta Development Bank (NDDB), should commence before the end of 2018. \u201cWe have timelines and we are strictly adhering to the timelines. We believe that by the end of this year, we should take off the ground,\u201d Mr Ndoma-Egba told reporters. He explained that the bank is to ease project funding in the oil rich region, pointing out that funding NDDC projects had always been problematic due to shortfalls. \u201cFor once, the Federal Government and NDDC are sitting together to reconcile what is due and what is outstanding. \u201cSo, we believe that from the shortfalls, we would be better off funded. But we are also looking beyond the traditional methods of funding the Federal Government\u2019s budget and NDDC budget. \u201cAs you know, we are already working with NDDB that will take over the issue of funding beyond the oil and beyond particular boards,\u201d the former Senator said. Managing Director of NDDC, Mr Nsima Ekere, who also spoke to newsmen, said the board made a presentation of planned initiative to introduce digital learning in primary and secondary schools in the Niger Delta at the meeting with the Vice President. \u201cWe had interface with state governors because as you know, the schools belong to the state governors with the exception of the private schools.\u00a0 So, they bought into the programme. \u201cFollowing the approval of the project, an implementation committee involving the nine states of the Niger Delta, the NDDC, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and Technology, was set up. \u201cBasically, what we are doing is to try and digitalise learning.\u00a0 All of the traditional textbooks used in primary and secondary schools will be put into digital formats, into tablets that will be distributed to pupils and students in the Niger Delta Region,\u201d he said.