NDDC fast-tracks Bayelsa, Rivers link road for commissioning

The Niger Delta Development Commission said it is fast-tracking construction work on the Oruma rigid pavement road, in the Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State to ensure its commissioning in October.

The NDDC Managing Director, Dr Samuel Ogbuku stated this during an inspection of the road, in the company of NDDC Directors and engineers.

This was contained in a statement signed by the NDDC Director, Corporate Affairs, Pius Ughakpoteni, issued in Port Harcourt on Sunday and sent to newsmen.

Ogbuku said the road would serve as a major by-pass for commuters in many communities in both Bayelsa and Rivers states.

He explained that the Oruma Road, which links another NDDC road, the 23.5-kilometre Otuasega-Obedum-Emelego Road, and bridges, connecting Bayelsa and Rivers communities, would enhance the impact of the regional road.

The NDDC boss further said the completion of the road project was part of efforts by the NDDC management to complete all ongoing projects in the Niger Delta region.

He said, “The road is very important because it would help people of the area, mostly farmers to evacuate their agricultural produce to the cities and towns for sale”.

Ogbuku urged community leaders and youths in the area to cooperate with the contractor handling the project to enable him to complete the road on schedule, saying, “The contractor has been given a marching order to complete this road by the end of October.”

Reacting to the deadline, the contractor, Mr. Charles Yibaepirima, assured the NDDC team that he would complete the project on schedule.

Yibaepirima commended the NDDC for initiating the project and lauded the Oruma community for their cooperation and support.

He described members of the community as worthy partners in the construction process, noting: “The people have been cooperative and receptive since the commencement of this project. We thank them for their support.”

In his remarks, the Community Liaison Officer, Mr. Ken Ejibas, thanked the NDDC for executing the road project and acknowledged the interventionist agency’s contributions to the growth of the community.

He said: “I am here liaising between the community and the contractor.  The people of Oruma are hospitable, we have yearned for this project and we are happy to see that it is nearing completion.

The NDDC Managing Director and his team paid a courtesy visit to the Paramount Ruler of the Oruma Community, King David Amakiri, who applauded the commission for executing many projects in his domain, even as he described Ogbuku’s leadership in NDDC as impactful and worthy of commendation.

King Amakiri, praised the commission for the Oruma Road and other internal roads in his community, stating that his people had faced many challenges in the area of infrastructure before the Commission’s intervention.

“The road linking Ogbia Local Government Area with Odual in Abua/Odual Local Government of Rivers State is still under construction. The fact that the road is yet to be completed, gives us concerns but we are optimistic that it will be completed in no distant time.”

He also thanked the NDDC for bringing electricity to the community through solar-powered street lights, as well as providing portable water for the people.

The monarch thanked the NDDC for the various interventions, which he said had improved the lives and livelihood of his people.

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