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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Dickson warns NDDC, stop servicing political interest

The Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson on Tuesday in Yenagoa warned the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) against being used as platform for servicing political interest, reports ITRealms.

Dickson gave this warning while welcoming the acting Managing Director of NDDC, Mrs Ibim Semenitari and leaders of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), during a courtesy visit, saying the commission should serve the interest of the Niger Delta people, with available resources channeled on projects that could affect the development and prosperity of the region.

He also suggested that the NDDC should collaborate with state governments in the region to execute priority projects that would serve as a 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, the road from Nembe to Brass alone, for instance, would gulp about N100 billion, "Bayelsa economy will remain stifled if there is no access to the sea where its wealth lies.”

He 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 the development to the over-politicization of the activities of the commission.

“The NDDC should move away from the era of using the commission as a conduit to service the vested political interest, but rather NDDC should serve the interest of the Niger Delta people and channel available resources on projects that can affect the development and prosperity of the region,” Dickson said.

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Pix: Gov. Dickson

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