By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The Federal Government has said that the sum of N30 billion has been set aside for the payment of debt owed contractors by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Mr. Ita Enang disclosed this during the solidarity rally for the re-election of the President and the Governorship bid of Mr. Nsima Ekere held at Ikot-Ekpene township stadium Akwa Ibom state last weekend.
Senator Enang who President, hinted that apart from the statutory allocations to the agency, the federal government went ahead to make such a special provision in order to ensure quick completion and commissioning of abandoned projects by NDDC contractors.
“Federal government made a special provision of N30billion for payment of debt owed contractors by the NDDC for the outstanding jobs done so that they can be completed and commissioned for the welfare of Nigeria Delta and Akwa Ibom people,” he said.
He further said that he was spurred to empower the NDDC so as to deliver on the infrastructure and human capacity development of people in the Niger Delta.
Buhari who expressed satisfaction over the performance of Victor Ndoma Egba’s and Nsima Ekere’s led NDDC disclosed that the federal government has awarded the sum of N11billion for the remaining lot of the Itu/Calabar high way in addition to initial N54billion awarded for same project.
“The federal government has awarded the sum of N11 billion for the remaining lot so that the greater portion of it could be captured while the outstanding area could be designed for procurement,” he said.
He also said the federal government through the federal ministry of transportation has hastened up the process for the construction of Ibaka deep sea port in Akwa Ibom state.
The President who maintained that this was achieved with the cooperation of Akwa Ibom state government through the infrastructure regulatory commission procured on Public Private Partnership model.
Speaking earlier, the Managing Director of NDDC, Obong Nsima Ekere thanked the people of Ikot Ekpene senatorial district for the solidarity rally in his honour and that of president Buhari.
He highlighted the numerous projects he had executed so far through the agency. The projects which among others included: Ibakpan road, old Itu road, hospital road in Abak, renovation of schools, provision of desks, benches and writing materials to schools, electricity and water projects.
The NDDC MD emphasized that Commission is an interventionist agency and not in competition with any state government and sued for cooperation from all and sundry.