Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has commissioned three new roads in Calabar South local council area of Cross River State. The connecting streets, with concrete drainage, were named as Twins Street, Asuquo Ekpo Street and Asuquo Nyong Street.
Addressing members of the benefiting communities during the commissioning ceremony, the NDDC managing director, Nsima Ekere, said the completion of the roads was made possible by the commission’s insistence that all its contractors returned to site.
The NDDC CEO said the current board and management of the Commission were confronted with many abandoned projects on assumption of duties in November 2016, and acknowledged the support of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in getting the contractors to return to site.
Ekere commended the communities on security and cooperation but appealed to other communities in the Niger Delta to be equally receptive to NDDC contractors, saying, “When contractors are supported, they do a good job.”
He said: “This is just the beginning. More projects will be provided for communities like yours.”
Speaking on behalf to the communities, a chief, Maurice Bassey Henshaw, thanked the NDDC for building the roads, stating that they would open up the area for more development.
He observed that the NDDC had added value to the lives of the people in the area. “We are fortunate to have these well paved streets from NDDC and we hope that they would be extended to our neighbouring communities,” he said.
The NDDC top officials, led by the chairman of the Commission, the senator, Victor Ndoma-Egba, included the Executive Director Projects, Samuel Adjogbe and the Commissioner Representing Cross River State on the NDDC Board, Sylvester Nsa.
The team also inspected the emergency repairs on Adam Duke Street/Abasi Obori lane in Calabar South LGA. The project includes a massive drainage system meant to check erosion in the area.
Commenting on the performance of the contractor, the NDDC managing director said the Commission placed a lot of premium on quality, adding that contractors must not be allowed to get away with shoddy jobs. “When contractors don’t do the right thing, it gives NDDC a bad name.”