Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio

NDDC invites president Buhari to commission N24bn road project

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The Niger Delta Development Commission has invited President Muhammadu Buhari to commission the 29-kilometre Ogbia-Nembe Road in Bayelsa State.

According to a statement issued by the Spokesman of the commission, Charles Odili, the road which was built in conjunction with the Shell Petroleum Development Company, creates a land link to the ancient city of Nembe for the first time.

 

Odili disclosed this in Abuja after delivering the NDDC management’s invitation to the President through the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

 

The NDDC spokesman noted that the road project, which costs N24bn , cutting through swampy terrain with spurs to 14 other communities, needed 10 bridges and 99 culverts to conquer the swampy terrain.

 

He said the road has significantly cut the journey time to Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, from three hours to one and a half hours.

 

Odili also disclosed that scholars of the Commission who are facing hardships abroad because of the non-remittance of their fees and stipends would be paid by the end of the week, following the order of President Buhari.

 

He said the delay in the payment of the fees was caused by the sudden death of the former Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Ibanga Etang, in May.

 

Speaking on the list of National Assembly members who allegedly received contracts from the commission, Odili said the list submitted by Senator Akpabio, was not compiled by the minister but came from the files in the Commission.

 

He added that there was another set of lists for emergency project contracts awarded in 2017 and 2019 but these were not submitted to the National Assembly.

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