Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called for greater inputs of states in the conception and execution of key projects by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC. Speaking on Wednesday at the Government House, Port Harcourt when the Senate Committee on Niger Delta paid him a courtesy call, Governor Wike said that inputs from states in the region would reduce the incidents of the duplication of projects by the states and the NDDC.
He said : "It is important for states to make inputs, so that necessary projects are executed by the NDDC." He regretted that there are several abandoned projects under the NDDC. He advised the Senate Committee on Niger Delta and the NDDC to take steps to end end the era of abandoned projects. The governor called for the allocation of funds for the completion of the East-West road which cuts across the entire states of the South-South region.
He said it is too early to assess the tenure of the Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, since she has spent a short time at the commission. In his remarks, Senate Committee Chairman on Niger Delta, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi said the committee is in the state to investigate the NDDC from its inception to date.
The Senate Committee Chairman on Niger Delta noted that the committee will also address critical issues relating to the budget of the NDDC, which will soon be considered by the Senate. Also speaking, the Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Mrs Ibim Semenitari said that the commission has written to the state government on the forthcoming budget of the commission.
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2nd March, 2016.
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