NDDC has failed Niger-Delta region – Osibanjo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday said the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has failed the people of the region as it had not been able to meet the expectations of the people.

Osinbajo said this during a courtesy call at the palace of the Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha Kingdom, HRM, Joseph Timiyan I, in Obotobo, Burutu Council Area of Delta State.

The Vice President lamented the inadequacy of the performances of the development agencies created to fill gaps in the region, promising to concentrate on the development of the region in the next four years.

The vice president, who was in Delta State to perform some official assignments, including the 20.29km Obotobo 1- Obotobo 11 – Sokebolou – Yokri Road in Ogulagha Kingdom, Burutu Council Area and the Main Axial Road in Okerenkoko, Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South-West Council Area, said the Federal Government would sit with the state government to determine areas in need of development.

“The NDDC in many respect has not met the expectations of the oil producing states; a lot of money is invested in NDDC and the Ministry of the Niger Delta because the real reason they were created is to speed up the development of oil-rich communities. We will sit with the Delta State Governor to look at specific areas to develop in the creeks,” he said.

Meanwhile, while commissioning the road in Ogulagha Kingdom, the vice president said “I want to commend Governor Okowa for his achievements in a neighbourhood and area that has not had this type of road.

“We commend him also on several other initiatives in this kingdom in particular, because this has been a very peaceful community and its a host to several of our oil and gas assets.

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Nsa joins calls for review of NDDC Act to accommodate Cross River

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Sylvester Nsa, immediate past commissioner and state coordinator in charge of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) representing Cross River State, has joined calls by the Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade and other stakeholder that the NDDC Act and master plan be reviewed to accommodate disadvantaged states like Cross River over the loss of Bakassi and its oil wells.

Nsa in a statement issued in Calabar, the state capital, and made available to newsmen on Friday, said despite the inadequacies of the NDDC Act that inhibit Cross River State in its sharing formula, NDDC in the state under his leadership had been able to attract 61 projects, executed and completed, while 34 projects were currently ongoing at various locations across the state.
A breakdown of the projects by NDDC in the state shows that 20 emergency repairs roads had been commissioned while 41 are waiting commissioning.

According to Nsa, contractors have been mobilised to site for the construction of six bridges and roads at various locations while four contractors are yet to be mobilised to site.

The former commissioner said out of a total of 119 projects approved by the board of NDDC for the state, 61 had been completed and 34 were ongoing and 20 already commissioned in the last four years.

Nsa, who was reacting to the press statement issued by the state governor, Ben Ayade, when its acting managing director Nelson Brambaifa paid him a courtesy call, said the governor was in right because the current master plan played more emphasis on oil producing states of which Cross River had been deleted and placed on a disadvantage position because of the loss of its oil wells.

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NDDC returns focus on N24bn Ogbia-Nembe Road in Bayelsa

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After several failed attempts to commission the N24 billion Ogbia-Nembe Road, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) says it is concluding arrangements to commission and deliver the road carved out of deep mangrove forest and built in partnership with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).

Acting managing director of the NDDC, Nelson Brambaifa, disclosed this at a special Niger Delta stakeholders’ interactive dinner in Port Harcourt. The event was attended by prominent traditional rulers and stakeholders in the region as well as the acting executive director of finance and administration, Chris Amadi, and other NDDC directors.

Brambaifa said the project, covering about 29 kilometres and with spurs to 14 other communities, would open up the whole area for renewed economic and agricultural growth. The Ibim Semenitari brief tenure tried to commission it without success, and since not much was heard about the sensitive road during Nsima Ekere. Now, the road is back on focus.

According to Brambaifa, the Commission continues to lay the foundation for building a stronger partnership among stakeholders, to facilitate sustainable regional development that will impact positively on the lives of the people of the Niger-Delta region.

The NDDC boss said the Commission was committed to developing the region, “built on the foundation of due process, job creation, skill acquisition and social welfare, empowerment of the people and equitable distribution of projects and programmes.”

He added: “We are also working on immediately, completing the Polaku Bridge, on East-West-Opokuma –Sabagriea Road, linking Yenegoa to Kaiama in Bayelsa State. Let me also mention the Abbi-Emu-Unor Road and Ibusa internal roads, all in Delta State.”

He said the Commission was committed to completing projects across all the states of the region, and delivering them to the people, stating that over 5,000 projects had so far been … Read More...