The Community Development Committees of Niger Delta Oil and Gas Producing Areas (CDC) has passed a vote of confidence on the managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Chief Samuel Ogbuku, and urged him to partner with the body and the traditional institutions in changing the narrative of the Niger Delta.
The CDC in a communique following a meeting of the board of trustees and management of the body nevertheless deplored the state of the East-West Road and also of the Warri-Benin Road and urged the federal administration to remobilize the contractors to the two roads to stop the nightmare being experienced by travellers on the two roads.
The communique signed by the chairman of the board of trustees, Elder Joseph Ambakaderimo and Mr Augustine Iyamu, chairman of the communique drafting committee, the CDC said:
“The highlight of this meeting as must be stated unambiguously is the vote of confidence moved and adopted by all of the members and observers present on the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission Dr. Samuel Ogbuku. The vote of confidence is coming having identified the Dr. Samuel Ogbuku’s commitment to the journey of evolution and a pathway to unleashing enormous capacity potential in the years to come.
“The CDC identified the NDDC as the catalyst for the development of the Area, the NDDC should henceforth take the lead to show the pathway for the sustainable development of the area.
“The CDC urges the Managing Director of the NDDC to put processes in place for the establishment Special Economic Zones in the region to cater for Small and Medium size entrepreneurs. This is a special model that can provide a plug-and-play model to create wealth and for the youthful population to acquire relevant skills.
“The CDC observed the deplorable state of the east west road that is crying for attention having been destroyed by the flood of last year.
“The rainy season is reaching it’s peak and we fear a further devastation that will culminate in pains and impact on businesses and loss of valuable man hours. CDC therefore call on the Federal government to quickly mobilise men and material resources to site.
“CDC further notes that the Federal Ministry of Works whose responsibility the east-west road has become should endeavour to complete this road fully dualised from Warri to Calabar. Of equally important is the Warri Benin road has been abandoned and causing nightmares to travellers and businesses.
“The CDC resolved to undertake a consultative working visit to the NDDC in a due date for on the spot assessment and a firsthand vision of the programs of the Managing Director.
“The CDC also resolved to hold a grand consultative stakeholders conference with the Traditional institution of the Niger Delta region having recognised the Traditional institution as the bastion of peace and development. Our aspiration for genuine development of the region can only happen if there is sustained peace in the region.
“The CDC urges the Managing Director to see the CDC as partners in progress, and request it be invited to be on the entourage of teams undertaking project inspection as our members cut across all of the oil and gas Producing Communities,” the body said following its endorsement of Ogbuku as MD of NDDC.
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