Managing Director of NDDC, Dr. Christian Oboh
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has said it has completed and inaugurated about 46 projects in different parts of Rivers State.
It said the projects were in line with its mandate to quicken the pace of development in the Niger Delta region.
The projects include roads, solar-powered water, classroom blocks, cottage hospital/comprehensive health centres and rural electrification.
Managing Director of NDDC, Dr. Christian Oboh, who stated this during the inauguration of George-Ama internal roads in Okrika, said other projects were situated in various local government areas of the state.
Represented by the state representative on the board of the commission, Professor Ibitamuno Aminigo, Oboh said activities of the commission had been guided by President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda.
Oboh explained that the agency was placing emphasis on increasing the tempo of infrastructural development in the crude oil and gas rich region, saying the commission would complete all outstanding projects to erase the impression that it was not living up to expectations.
In Okrika Local Government Area, where the George-Ama internal roads were inaugurated, Oboh said: “It is a thing of joy for me because I know the value of this project to this community.
“The benefits are enormous for the fishermen who can now very easily access the markets with their daily takes.”
He further said the commission would continue to intervene in critical areas for people of the region and urged communities to protect projects in their domain.
The managing director also charged communities to embrace peace as it was the only way to attract more amenities from the interventionist agency.
Responding on behalf of the community, a community leader, Mr. James Kalipa, thanked the NDDC for the road project, describing it as a sign of good things to come.
“We say a big thank you to the NDDC for touching the lives of our people. We expect more projects in the future,” Kalipa said.