The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has commissioned a new road in the highbrow GRA Layout Extension in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
Speaking at the commissioning of the top quality road with concrete drains, the NDDC Acting Managing Director, Prof Nelson Brambaifa, said that the Commission will continue to execute projects that would positively impact on the lives of people across the Niger Delta region.
The NDDC Chief Executive Officer, who was accompanied by the Bayelsa State Coordinator for the Commission, Hon Francis Kolokoro, Director for the Bayelsa State Office, Engr. Emmanuel Audu-Ohwavborua and other directors said that Mr President deserved commendation for the increasing number of completed projects in Nigeria’s oil-rich region.
He called on Niger Delta stakeholders to give credit to President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting the accelerated execution of development projects by ensuring that funds were made available for the NDDC to carry out its mandate.
Brambaifa urged the communities in Bayelsa State to continue to support the administration of President Buhari for making it possible for development projects to be executed in their areas. He commended them for the peaceful way they have been conducting themselves while projects were being executed in their areas.
He challenged the various communities in the region to continue to sue for peace, since development would be practically impossible in an atmosphere of chaos. “Peace is very important in order to assist government in the task of spreading development in our region,” he said.
The NDDC boss maintained that the Commission was committed to delivering quality projects all over the Niger Delta, stating that it would not compromise on standards.
Brambaifa assured that the road, which he had just handed over to the beneficiaries, would serve the residents of the area well and enhance their businesses and social activities. “This is a sign of better things to come. More projects will be commissioned in the days and weeks ahead,” he assured.
Meanwhile, the NDDC has stressed the need to promote peace in the Niger Delta to facilitate the development process in the region.
The NDDC Executive Director Finance and Administration, Dr Chris Amadi, stated this during a stakeholders’ engagement forum organized by the Commission in Port Harcourt. He described peace as a veritable instrument for nation building, stating that the Commission was making conscious efforts to ensure lasting peace.
Amadi, who was represented by the Director of Finance, Dr Linus Ogbalubi, said that the theme of the stakeholder’s forum: “Peace as a Panacea for Sustainable Development in the Niger Delta Region” was apt and it aligned with the determination of the new management of the NDDC to reposition the Commission to be able to achieve its mandate.
He said the Commission was determined to create wealth and jobs, reduce poverty and unemployment, improve skills and human capacity, improve peace and security, develop partnerships among stakeholders and attract investments in the region.
Amadi said that the stakeholder’s engagement would help in proffering solutions to the security challenges in the Niger Delta region, noting that peace and security were necessary ingredients for sustainable development.