Abuja - The Chief Executive Officer of the Niger
Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Ibim Semenitari, has debunked claims by
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, alleging the commission lied about revival
of dilapidated road infrastructure in Etche local government.
“Not only was Mr. Wike playing to the gallery, but was
hiding the fact of his failure to tackle the bigger challenge of insecurity
plaguing Rivers State,” said Semenitari through her spokesperson, Bekee
Semenitari, who rubles as Acting Managing Director, was
reacting to alleged Wike’s claims on Thursday that NDDC had claimed undertaking
the construction of the Igwuruta-Chokocho-Okehia road.
He said as an interventionist agency, NDDC stepped in to
recover the roads between Igwuruta and Umuechem, as well internal roads in that
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She said the oil Mill-Igbo-Etche-Chokocho road, which was a
critical connection between the bigger Port Harcourt market and the produce
spots in Etche had been repaired.
“NDDC, working under the directives of President Muhammadu
Buhari, stepped in to arrest the deterioration in road infrastructure in Etche
as to eventually boost economic activity in the area and give its inhabitants a
lease of life. Checks can be made on those roads as to the veracity of NDDC’s
scope and quality of intervention.”
Semenitari said while they did not intend to engage the
governor in any speech contest, NDDC would not be deterred in pursuing the
overall development of every segment of the Niger Delta region.
“That is the mission and mandate of the commission,” the
NDDC leader said.
- CAJ News