Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has warned the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, against being used as platform for servicing political interest.
Governor Dickson also said, the commission should be used to serve the interest of the Niger Delta people, while available resources should be channelled to projects that could affect the development and prosperity of the region.
He stated this on Tuesday during a courtesy call in Yenagoa by the Acting Managing Director of NDDC, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari and leaders of the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC.
He also suggested that the NDDC should collaborate with state governments in the region to execute priority projects that would serve as catalyst for the socio-economic development.
The Governor, who identified the three senatorial road projects in the state as key to creating access to the Atlantic Ocean and economic prosperity, stressed that the construction of such projects worth billions of naira would attract development and socio-economic progress to the state.
According to him, while the road from Nembe to Brass alone would gulp about N100 billion, “Bayelsa economy will remain stifled if there is no access to the sea where its wealth lies.”
The governor commended the NDDC for the award of contracts in Bayelsa State, but however, decried the number of abandoned projects in the state, which he attributed to the over-politicization of the activities of the commission.
Dickson said, “The NDDC should move away from the era of using the commission as a conduit to service vested political interest, rather NDDC should serve the interest of the Niger Delta people and channel available resources to projects that can affect the development and prosperity of the region.”
The Governor also called on the Federal Government to constitute the governing and advisory boards of the commission to enable governors and stakeholders of the region make inputs, concerning the award of critical projects that are beneficial to the people.
Earlier, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari said, the purpose of her visit to Bayelsa was to assess on-going projects and identify areas of immediate intervention according to needs.
She condemned the kidnapping of an expatriate and killing of two soldiers attached to SETRACO by gunmen last week at the site of the Ogbia-Nembe road project, lamenting that, the development would stall the commissioning of the project earlier scheduled for April 29.

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