Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State has dared the Interim Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Mr Effiong Akwa to make a remarkable difference in the commission during his unconfirmed duration of stay in office.
Gov Okowa also raised alarm over the level of poorly constructed roads in the Niger Delta region by the Niger Delta Development Commission.
The governor who spoke while hosting the Interim Administrator of the commission, Mr Effiong Akwa, criticized the habit of the NDDC of building low quality roads in very minute time, describing such roads as “emergency projects’’
He termed such projects as agents of disgrace and disservice to the nation.
The Nation reports that while in the meeting, Okowa charged the NDDC to concentrate solely on projects that will build and empower the people of the Niger Delta.
In his words:
For the sake of sustainability, everything we do must be sustainable because I have seen roads done under emergency projects that failed in less than three months.
The NDDC should spend more money on bigger projects that connect communities and with the capacity to impact on the people. We hope that as leaders of the Niger Delta that the NDDC truly live up to its expectations.
The NDDC is supposed to be an interventionist agency but because of politics, we have continued to allow ourselves to be caught in the web of competition which ought not to be.
Okowa however urged the commission to revisit the original master plan made available to the NDDC, to enable them develop the region collaboratively with the state governors
Also speaking, he encouraged the Akwa to leave a legacy behind after his exit, by ensuring he spends his time in office to cause true transformation for the people of the Niger Delta.
I don’t know how long you will be there, but try to make a mark for yourself while your stay lasts
When you satisfy yourself that you have done well according to your conscience, then, you can leave the office a happy man.
I am glad that you have met my brother governors. I am also of the opinion that the Presidential Advisory Committee on NDDC should meet with the management of the commission to look at further ways we can collaborate to develop the region.
The more we can relate with ourselves, the more we can achieve as a people.
Mr Effiong Akwa while responding to the governor assured him of the commitment of the NDDC to reel out new developmental strategies for the Niger Delta.