By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—THE Commissioner representing Edo State on the Board of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr Saturday Uwuilekhue, yesterday said the commission’s projects in the state would henceforth be prioritized according to the needs of the people due to paucity of funds.
Lamenting the number of abandoned projects in the state, he directed contractors handling such projects to immediately return to site to enable the commission ascertain the cause of the abandonment.
Uwuilekhue, who spoke while addressing staff of the NDDC in the state as he asumed duty, assured that priority projects in the oil producing communities would be identified by stakeholders and would be executed immediately while those that did not have economic viability would be terminated.
While soliciting the support of the staff of the commission, Uwuilekhue said: “I have some briefs already but I will sit down with the stakeholders to analyse them so that we will be able to identify our priority. But first is to check the excesses, if there is any, especially those who have collected money from the commission and did not go to site.
We are going to invite them for a serious meeting and give them a marching order to go to site as quickly as possible because the people are waiting to see that projects are executed in their areas.”