By Egufe Yafugborhi

WARRI—THE Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, has expressed confidence in the current management of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to make a difference in the agency’s task of developing the Niger Delta region.

The Olu passed the vote of confidence in the management, yesterday, when Mrs Ibim Semenitari, NDDC’s acting Managing Director, led the commission’s management to pay homage to the Warri monarch at his palace in continuation of her working visit to Delta State.

The Olu told Semenitari, “From what I know and have seen, you are articulate and focused. The NDDC has not fared very well in the task of developing the oil producing states. We have confidence in you and believe you will make a difference. We need infrastructures in Itsekiri land.

“We produce more oil than any other community in this state. The facts are there, but then most Itsekiri communities are riverine. I want to be able to enter my vehicle and drive to any part of Itsekiri community. Any government that brings roads to our communities will, therefore, be doing a lot of good to us and God will bless that person.”

He stressed the need for the commission to resume work and complete the seemingly abandoned Koko-Ogheye and Omadino-Escravos roads, two projects, he noted, that were key to transformation of his kingdom.

Earlier, Semenitari informed the Warri monarch that construction work on the Koko-Ogheye and Omadino Escravos roads resumed recently after a long delay.

“NDDC has in its budget, the Aladja/Ode-Itsekiri Road and Ugbodede-Inorin-Ajugba-Uselu Roads, which are ongoing and in Ugboroso, shoreline protection and concrete roads which are peculiar to the Itsekiri people,” Semenitari added.

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