Expect the completion of other abandoned projects in the Niger Delta
From Tony John, Port Harcourt
Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Acting Administrator Effiong Akwa called on young people and other stakeholders to expect the completion of other abandoned projects in the region during the new Year.
Akwa at a zoom meeting attended by hundreds of stakeholders from the nine Niger Delta states and the diaspora, said NDDC, under the supervision of Niger Delta Affairs Minister Senator Godswill Akpabio, would complete and inaugurate abandoned electricity projects. , hostels among others.
Akwa, who was represented at the meeting by his special advisor on youth and sports, Udengs Eradiri, placed particular emphasis on the completion of the transmission substation in the Okitipupa region of Ondo state.
He said that once completed, the transmission station will provide electricity to more than 2,000 communities in six local government areas in Ondo state.
Akwa at the virtual meeting, which was described by attendees as commendable, said efforts will be made to complete another power transmission line in the Ikot Abasi region of Akwa Ibom state.
He said more hostels would be built in line with the mandate given to the Commission by President Muhammadu Buhari to complete abandoned people-centered projects and put them to use.
The NDDC boss also said the commission will work to complete the abandoned hostels at the University of the Niger Delta (NDU) in Bayelsa state.
He said the NDDC would build a replica of the Lagos State boat terminals in the Niger Delta to facilitate shipping and urged young people to prepare for sports festivals and New Year’s talent hunts.
He praised Buhari and Akpabio for their leadership style, saying 2021 was the first time NDDC has completed and inaugurated three massive projects in a single year.
He named the completed projects as the commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt, abandoned for over 20 years; office and residential complex for the Police Special Protection Unit (SPU) in Omagwa, Rivers and the over 1050 bed youth hostel in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Among other activities, Akwa said the commission hired governors from the region last year; distributed yellow fever vaccines from waste disposal trucks to states; trained more than 1000 people in ICT; distributed science equipment, tablets and e-learning desks to secondary schools and ensured prompt payment of staff salaries.
“This year more hostels will be built as we look at projects that have a direct impact on the lives of people in the area. We are going to build boat terminals in the region, ”he said.
“It’s hard for people to go to the waterfront and have a place to relax, buy tickets and get on their boats in the Niger Delta. But if you go to Lagos, you will see boat terminals in most areas of Lagos. This kind of terminal is what we are going to bring.
“Soon we should inaugurate the electricity project in Ondo State which is supposed to supply six local government areas. There is another electric project in Eket and it will be concluded.
“During the forensic audit it was discovered that the NDDC had a lot of equipment abandoned in ports for years. And we’ve put machines in place to get the equipment and make sure the other energy projects are completed. ‘
Akwa called for support from youth and other stakeholders to enable NDDC to fulfill President Buhari’s mandate.
Most of the young people, who spoke at the meeting, praised Akwa for their continued engagement, saying the meeting was the third in a series since he took over as chairman of the commission.