By Tony Nyong
UYOâ€”The delay in the execution of federal road contracts in Abia and Akwa Ibom States has been blamed on the Niger Delta Ministry and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Dimeji Bankole, who made the assertion, said the National Assembly was ready to fight both agencies to make them live up to expectations, reiterating that theÂ two agencies of governmentÂ were responsible to the people of the region.
Speaking through the Chief Whip of the House, Emeka Ihedioha, at Ibiono Ibom local government area of Akwa Ibom State during the constituency briefing of the Chairman, Rules and Business committee, Ita Enang, Bankole saidÂ the National Assembly had approved the sum of N50 billion as provided for in the 2009Â budget for the project and saw no reason why the Minister, Chief Ufot Ekaette, failed to award the contract.
The Speaker, who was reacting to questions raised by the people of the area on the worsening state of roads in the two states, maintained that the National Assembly had since appropriated N50 billion for it, adding that the minister of the Niger-Delta
Ministry should be held responsible.
â€œWe appropriated N50 billion for the project, why has the Minister not awarded the road contract?Â Why has the executive not done the project?
â€œWe in the House will fight him since we have done our best by providing this money in the budget.Â People should hold Chief Ekaette responsible if he fails to do the project,â€ Bankole said.