UYOâ€”The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has declared that it is not in a struggle with state governments for the Niger Delta region.
Making the clarification during a courtesy call on Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, the Managing Director of the NDDC, Mr. Chibuzor Ugwoha, saidÂ that the Commission is only an interventionist organ created to partner with the governments of the Niger Delta region in the task of developing the area.
Ugwoha, who informed the Governor that his Commission has so far awarded 45 mega-projects in Akwa Ibom, valued at about N180 billion, however, said the task of developing the Niger Delta region will be incomplete unless there was a huge investment in the human capacity development of the youths of the area to enable them play major roles in key sectors of the Nigerian economy.
Raising the human capacity of the Niger Delta youths, according to him, is key to the future of the area as well as the adequate participation of its people in the oil and gas industry. â€œIt also has the potential of guaranteeing enduring peace in the region,â€ he said.Â Speaking, Goveror Akpabio commended the industry and efficiency of the NDDC boss, urging him to embark on what he described as â€œregional projectsâ€ to make a difference in the execution of the Commissionâ€™s mandate of assisting in the development of the Niger Delta states.
The Governor advocated the decentralisation of the activities of the Commission as well as the expansion of its administration to the grassroots as a way of redressing the injustice allegedly being meted to core oil-producing communities.
Meanwhile, Ugwoha, who visited Akpabio as part of his two-day inspection tour of NDDC projects in Akwa Ibom, has passed a vote of confidence on contractors handling different projects for the Commission, saying they have shown their capacity to deliver to specification.
The NDDC boss maintained that the contractors have not only delivered on quality, but have also worked at a heartwarming speed.
Speaking on the Ikot Ukap_Ndiya Road and bridge projects, which he said would ease the movement of people and goods in the area, the NDDC boss rated the performance of the contractor, Osmoserve Global Limited, above average, considering the volume of work already done within the short time the company mobilised to site.
The siting of the projects, Ugwoha added, was well thought out to cater to the needs of the people.
On his part, Managing Director of Osmoserve, Scott Tommey, said they have paid great attention to the specifications of their contract.