Abia Otti Tasks Minister To Mobilize Contractors Back To Abandoned NDDC Project Sites Scattered Across Abia State

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The Abia State Governor,Dr Alex Otti OFR has requested the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Engr Abubakar Momoh to mobilize contractors back to sites to complete abandoned NDDC projects scattered across Abia State.

The Governor was speaking when he received in audience, the Minister and his team who were in the state to inspect road projects of the ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the NDDC being done in the state.

He regretted that Abia is a major beneficiary of abandoned NDDC projects,noting that some other NDDC roads in the state were in deplorable States and needed attention.

According to him, the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the NDDC were important to the Niger Delta region and appreciated the Minister for visiting Abia for the road inspection tour.

“I want to say that Niger Delta Ministry and of course the Niger Delta Development Commission, both of them are very important to us because these are two institutions that represent us at the same time even though we own one, that is the NDDC but the ministry we do not own.

“You also chose to inspect the road projects under you and under the NDDC ,so we are quite pleased. These agencies are very important to us as interventionist in the normal course of the business of governance. The truth is that any road done by either the ministry or agency under you is a plus to the state and we will not go back to it.”

The Governor who noted that the major problem that militated against the completion of some of the NDDC road projects was long outstanding debts for jobs executed appealed to Minister to take a critical look at the issue with a view to getting the projects back on stream.

He commended the minister for embarking on the inspection visit and assured him that Abia will partner him to ensure his goals are achieved.

Earlier in his speech, the minister of Niger Delta Affairs Engr Abubakar Momoh said they were in the state to inspect projects embarked upon in the state by the ministry of the Niger Delta Affairs and the NDDC.

He lauded Governor Otti for the heightened security in Abia at the moment and appealed to him to continue to make peace in the region a top priority for economic prosperity of the people.

He said the ministry is not in competition with states but rather to collaborate with them to achieve meaningful development, adding that there should be a robust relationship between the two to achieve results.

“Your Excellency, you’re one person that everybody loves because when the issue of visiting your state was mentioned there was no dissenting voice,I was surprised that the Hon. Minister from this state (Abia) from the other divide, she was also in support just like the president himself said yes,I think you’re generally loved by the people”

From afar,we have also witnessed your developmental strides, I was reading recently and saw that less than a year that you came onboard, 10 major road projects have been executed in the state” the Hon. Minister noted.

Some members of the entourage included the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Hon. Okechukwu, his Project Monitoring counterpart, Hon. Obi Aguocha, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Shuaib Belgore and many others while the Commissioner for Works, Engr. Don Oti was present at the visit.