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NDDC Unveils N84bn Transformation: Mega projects across Niger Delta states

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The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), under the leadership of Managing Director Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, is embarking on a transformative journey aimed at delivering the Commission’s mandate of development across the Niger Delta region.

With a focus on innovation and results-oriented strategies, the NDDC is committed to fostering holistic and sustainable development, fostering economic prosperity, social stability, ecological regeneration, and political peace in the region.

During the recent Board and Management Retreat held from February 9th – 10th, 2024, at Four Points By Sheraton, Ikot Ekpene in Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Ogbuku emphasized the importance of prioritizing capital projects that add value to the region, aligning with the 8-point Presidential Priorities and the NDDC Act of 2000. He highlighted the need to reduce recurrent expenditure while accelerating the completion of projects crucial for regional transformation.

In line with this vision, the NDDC is set to commission 92 infrastructure projects worth N84 billion across the nine mandate states in the Niger Delta region within the next two weeks. This significant investment underscores the Commission’s commitment to driving positive change and reshaping the development narrative of the region.

Mr. Pius Ughakpoteni, the Director of Corporate Affairs at NDDC, announced this milestone in a statement released in Port Harcourt. He emphasized that these projects represent tangible evidence of the NDDC’s impactful contributions to the region’s development landscape.

The projects he said included the 25.7 kilometre Ogbia-Nembe Road, which creates a road link to the ancient city of Nembe, for the first time in living memory. The 9.15 km of prefabricated vertical drains on the swamp and seven Bridges is also among the star Projects in the area.

“These projects executed at the cost of N24 billion, cuts the traveling time to Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital from three hours, on dangerous water routes/curves, to mere 45 minutes and also opens up 14 communities for development.

“The project was executed in partnership with Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, and is hailed as a model in NDDC’s partnership approach to tackling the development challenges of the region.

“Also slated for commissioning is the 132KV Transmission Line and I32KV/33KV Sub – station electrification project, executed at a cost of N8.3 billion to optimise power supply to local government areas in the southern part of Ondo State.

“The project covers the construction of 45km double circuit 33KV feeder lines from Omotosho Power Station (Hook-up point) to Okitipupa and two 30MVA, 132/33KV Injection Substations with breakers, gantry and substation automation. It also includes the construction of a 3-bedroom semi-detached bungalow as service quarters.

“The capacity of the power station is optimized with the provision of 2 x 60MVA, 132/33KV transformer and other ancillary works at Okitipupa injection Sub – station, rehabilitation of 35km 33/11KV transmission from Okitipupa-Igbokoda-Ugbonla and environs and the construction of 1km rigid pavement.

“The electricity project will complement the Federal Government’s effort in the power sector development by improving power supply to Okitipupa, Igbokoda and other neighbouring communities in Ondo South Senatorial District, with direct value chain in small and medium scale industries, job creation and consequently engender growth and development in Ondo State.

“In Akwa Ibom State, NDDC will also commission the 6.87 Kilometre Iko – Iwuochang road in Akwa Ibom South (Eket) Senatorial District of the state and consists of two-lane single carriage way, a 600-metre bridge and side drains.

“The N10 billion virgin road project links 20 communities, hitherto separated by the Qua Iboe river.

“While in Abia State, NDDC will commission the Obehie to Oke Ikpe-road reconstructed at a cost of N3.5 billion. The Nine-kilometre road restores the road link between Rivers and Akwa Ibom states, through (Ukwa East/West) in Abia State. It involved the reconstruction of seven kilometres of failed section of the road and the construction of three kilometres and 8 kilometres of drainage,” the statement read.

Other projects for commissioning during the event will include roads, electrification, a police station, health centres and school blocks.

‘This feat achieved by the present board has proven it’s resolved during the inauguration that, it has accepted to be part of the ’Renewed Hope’ agenda of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s commitment to delivering on his 8 Points Presidential Priorities ranging from Food Security, Ending of Poverty in Inclusivity, Job Creation, Anti – Corruption Stance, Rule of Law amongst others,” the statement added.

The inauguration of these projects marks a pivotal moment in the NDDC’s journey towards fostering sustainable development and prosperity across the Niger Delta states.