Group Decries Suspension of Dredging Contracts by NDDC

Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja

A group under the aegis of Concerned Nigerian Businessmen and Community Leaders, has decried the suspension of dredging contracts by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The group in a statement issued yesterday, by its spokesperson, Amechi Jones, noted that the suspension of the contracts in the Niger Delta region presented a dire threat to both economic activities and the wellbeing of the local communities.

It said: “We are deeply troubled by the recent decision of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to halt all dredging contracts in the Niger Delta region and feel compelled to highlight the significant implications that this action carries.”

The group warned that any disruptions to dredging activities could severely affect the transportation of vital resources, while it would also impede revenue generation for the government and private sector stakeholders.

It added: “The Niger Delta region, known as the economic backbone of Nigeria, has, for far too long, grappled with environmental challenges and infrastructure deficits, especially regarding waterway navigability.

“Dredging contracts have been a lifeline for the region, facilitating not only trade and commerce but also serving as the very arteries through which countless livelihoods depend.

“Beyond the immediate impact on local communities, the suspension of dredging contracts has far-reaching consequences for Nigeria’s national economy. The Niger Delta region plays a pivotal role in the country’s oil and gas sector.”

It further called on the relevant authorities, the federal and state governments to collaborate and address any legitimate concerns and issues tied to these contracts.

It noted that a swift resolution was in the best interest of both the region and the nation at large, ensuring the continuous growth and development of the Niger Delta.

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