NDDCThe contractor handling the Akenfa-Gbarain bridge project embarked upon by the NDDC in Bayelsa State has been summoned to the Commission’s Headquarters to give reasons why he stopped work on the project. Just as the Commission is fastracking the completion of Ogbia-Nembe road.

The Acting Managing Director Dr. Christy Atako handed down the order when she paid an unscheduled visit to the project site. “From the consultant’s brief, we do not owe the contractor; there are even no community issues, so there is no reason why he should stop work”.

Atako who described the project as very important to the Commission noted that linking the two communities with a bridge will promote both commerce and social life between the people. “We are careful in our choice of projects, we take the people into confidence, we ask them to identify their need, and these two communities requested for this project, it is dear to both the NDDC and the people, it must be completed”.

At the Ogbia-Nembe road, the NDDC boss told the contractor to expedite action on the project to make the dreams of the Commission and its partners on the road come true.

She also stressed the need for the contractor to engage the youths, pointing out that apart from the physical infrastructure, NDDC projects were also to create job opportunities for the benefiting communities. Also, in continuation of Its efforts to bring development to the door steps of rural communities in the Niger Delta Region, the Niger Delta Development Commission has commissioned two electrification projects in Otuabula 2 and Sagbama in Bayelsa State.

The Otuabula project comprises 333kv overhead transmission line, low tension distribution network as well as installation of 2 numbers of 300kva 33/0.415 transformers with fencing and chipping bedding while that of Sagbama is a solar powered street light with 129 numbers galvanized poles with battery box and photo cell charge regulators.

Commissioning the projects, Acting Managing Director, Dr. Christy Atako said that the projects were in line with President Jonathan’s transformation agenda in which electrification remains a major component. “What we are doing now is bringing development to you, with electrification, there will be a lot of economic activities, electricity is key to any form of development”.

She stated that the Federal Government was desirous to turn the fortunes of the Niger Delta region around with a view to making it one of the world’s most developed regions.

 

Information from National Mirror was used in this report.

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