By Desmond Ejibas
Dr Joi Nunieh, Acting Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on Wednesday said the commission has completed undisclosed number of the 633 projects initiated by the commission in Abia.
Nunieh disclosed this when she visited Abia Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu in his office in Umuahia, a statement issued in Port Harcourt by the commission’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Charles Odili, stated.
The commission, Nunieh said, awarded no fewer than 633 projects in the state since the commission’s inception in 2000.
“The 633 NDDC projects in Abia state included those at various stages of completion as well as the completed ones.
“The list of NDDC projects in Abia is very important, as it would enable the state government to assess how far NDDC had impacted on the lives of the people.
“The projects include, roads, water, electricity, primary healthcare centres, university hostels, among other,” Nunieh said while presenting the project list to Ikpeazu.
The managing director described the project list as an important tool that seeks to harmonize and avoid duplication of projects by NDDC and the state.
She told the governor that the NDDC Interim Management Committee (IMC) was mandated by President Muhammadu Buhari to reposition the commission for better service delivery.
“So, we are determined to partner with governors of the Niger Delta states as well as key stakeholders to drive development in the rural areas.
“NDDC is seeking to collaborate with the governors and major stakeholders to ensure that projects and programmes are carried out in manner that would avoid unnecessary duplications,” she appealed.
Also speaking, Mr Okezie Kalu, member of the House of Representatives Committee on NDDC, who accompanied Nunieh on the visit, said the committee was in support of the IMC.
He said house committee decided to accompany NDDC management to assess the progress and status of various NDDC projects and programmes in Abia.
“So, we are standing with President Buhari on his decision to appoint an interim management. We are saying that it is high time we cleaned up NDDC.
“The President acted within his constitutional powers going by the conviction that the IMC has what it takes to provide the necessary results,” he added.
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu pledged to support the interim committee as well as commended NDDC management for its inclusive approach towards the development of rural communities.
The governor sued for collaboration from the nine Niger Delta governments and developmental partners to harmonize project execution in the oil-rich region.
“So, we need to collaborate more to avoid duplication of projects. There is no need for NDDC to embark on projects that were already being handled by the state.
“Also, NDDC needs to streamline its procurement and selection as well as avoid awarding contracts outside election season to minimize political influences that often work against the people,” he appealed.
The governor urged the commission to address challenges that delayed the completion of the 46 kilometre Obohia-Ohanku-Aba road project in the state. (NAN)