NDDC boss raises hope on abandoned projects
The Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Nsima Ekere, has pledged to bequeath a worthy legacy to the agency.
The former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom State was reacting the numerous abandoned projects that dot the beneficiary states captured by the law establishing the commission.
Stating that they were inherited, he added that the present board and management were poised to complete as much as possible.
During a grand reception for him by Mboho Edemaya, the umbrella organisation of the people of his clan, in Ikot Abasi Local Council of Akwa Ibom State, the NDDC boss said he was not oblivious of the people’s anger at the phenomenon.
He said: “It is unfair to abandon government projects when money has been spent already. The current board and management of the NDDC are committed to completing abandoned projects as much as possible. We do not care who awarded them.
“But as long as they will touch the lives of the people, we will go ahead and complete them.”
Ekere, who was honoured with a chieftaincy title of Obong Unwana Edemaya (the Light of Edemaya) by the Council of Chiefs, called on the people of the region to cooperate with the new team.
Ekere reminded contractors handling projects in various communities that the story of the commission must, for once, change for the better. He cautioned
against distraction, noting that his concentration was to make NDDC work.
He continued: “Many speakers talked about 2019 today. My message to Akwa Ibom people is that the time for elections has not yet come. Allow me and other government officials to do the job we are doing for you. When the time comes, if you make that demand again, I will respond. But for now, allow me work in NDDC.”