By Egufe Yafugborhi
PORT HARCOURT – NIGER Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has accused the Akwa Ibom State Government of misinforming the public on its stewardship in the state.
NDDC Managing Director, Nsima Ekere, expressed disappointment at the development while inaugurating 5.15-kilometre Oku Iboku Internal Road Project in Itu Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom.
Ekere who also inspected the commission’s ongoing road and erosion control project at the University of Uyo, said, “Somebody needs to educate some officials of the Akwa Ibom Government that as responsible officers of government, they should not speak until they are sure of their facts.
“Recall that we have had various vilifications and attacks by the government of Akwa Ibom State. They have repeatedly said that NDDC has not constructed even one kilometre of road in Akwa Ibom State.
“Earlier today, we inspected the road that links Nsasak Junction-Akon in Essien Udim Local Government Area that connects Abia State. This is a 30-kilometre road project, out of which 15 kilometres have been completed.
The contractor is currently working on the bridge to link both states. I saw 15-km of solid and quality road being handled by an indigenous contractor, who is also from Akwa Ibom State.”
“Again, I repeat, NDDC is not competing with any of the state governments in the region. We are just here to complement the efforts of the state governments.”
Commissioning the Oku Ibokun roads, Ekere noted, “Oku Iboku is one of the very prominent towns in Akwa Ibom. It has a history and pedigree. It is wrong that the community was not even remembered before now.
The commission, the NDDC boss noted, also engaged a local contractor to execute the Oku Ibokun internal roads, expressing satisfaction with the quality of execution he rated as being able to compete with roads in any part of the world.
He assured on completion of ongoing projects at the University of Uyo and other projects being handled by the commission in Akwa Ibom.