NDDCIn furtherance of its efforts to fast-track the development of the Niger Delta region, the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has commissioned the Walisi Street in Rumuigbo new layout in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

This brings to 25 the number of projects handed over to benefiting communities in Rivers, Cross Rivers, Abia, Edo and Ondo states in the last two weeks.

The projects inaugurated within this period included roads, solar-powered street lights, solar-powered water scheme, rural electrification and housing projects.

Addressing the Rumuigbo community at the handover ceremony, the Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Christy Atako, urged them to make good use of the road and ensure that it was properly maintained.

She promised that more projects would be commissioned in the coming weeks in all parts of the Niger Delta.

Mrs. Patience Oduh, a lawyer who resides in the area, thanked the NDDC for giving them a solid road and concrete drains that would stand the test of time. “We approached the NDDC management when we were in distress, on account of the very bad roads to our houses, and the commission came to our rescue,” she said.

The NDDC Chief Executive Officer also inspected other road projects in Emuoha and Ahoada local government areas. While the 12-kilometre stretch on the Rumuekpe-Ogbelle-Abua road had been completed, the second phase, which covers 14-kilometres with a bridge, was still under construction. However, the contractor was not on site to brief the Acting managing director.

At the 7.7-kilometre Ihubogo-Odieke-Odiemerenyi-Akoh Road in Ahoada, Dr. Atako told the contractor, Chief Alexander Chikweri, to urgently repair some portions where defects were identified, to get the project ready for commissioning. She assured him that his outstanding Interim Payment Certificate (IPC) would be paid to enable him put the road in good shape for commissioning.

Information from The Guardian was used in this report.