The Niger Delta Development Commission has released a list proving that it completed at least 2,506 projects in the nine states of the Niger Delta within the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari from 2015 till 2022.
A statement on Wednesday by the Director of Corporate Affairs, NDDC, Ibitoye Abosede, explained that the publication was in response to increasing demand for accountability by members of the public.
He said, “The Niger Delta Development Commission is aware of an increasing need to be seen to be more accountable to the public and to conduct our affairs in a more transparent manner.
“Entrenching the tenets of accountability and transparency in our activities forms a part of the thrust of the new leadership supervised by the honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Obong Umana Okon Umana.
“The purpose of this publication is to give the communities where the projects are located the opportunity to verify and confirm that the listed projects were actually completed.”
Abosede urged the public to go through the list to help the commission hold contractors to account where they failed to deliver according to expectation.
“In addition to the project listed in this publication, the NDDC website (www.NDDC.gov.ng) has a project database, which contains a comprehensive list of all the projects of the commission from inception, 2001 till date,” he added.
Meanwhile, residents of Umeh community in Delta State’s Isoko South Local Government Area and Okobe, in Rivers State’s Ahoada West LGA, have lauded the NDDC for repairing the damaged section of the East West Road.
Expressing his satisfaction with the road linking Bayelsa and other Niger Delta states, a Patani indigene, Mr. Alex Ifure, said, “I am satisfied with the restoration work being done by the construction company engaged by the NDDC to carry out emergency repairs on the road. The road is our only link to Bayelsa and other Niger Delta states.”
The traditional ruler of Igbuduya Kingdom, Okobe community, in the Ahoada East LGA of Rivers State, Eze Ikaki Ikaki, said his people were happy that the NDDC intervened to ease their pain.