Nigeria’s Niger Delta States have been advised to partner with the Commission on key projects for the region.
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike made the appeal when he played host to the Senate Committee on Niger Delta in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Governor Wike said that inputs from states within the region would reduce incidences of projects duplication.
Wike said: “It is important for states to make inputs, so that necessary projects are executed by the NDDC”.
While noting that some projects seemed abandoned by the Niger Delta Development Commission, he advised the Senate Committee and the NDDC to take steps to complete all such projects.
He further urged the Nigerian Government to allocate funds to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to fast track the completion of the East-West road, which cuts across the entire six states of the South-South region.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi said his members were in the State to investigate activities of the Commission from its inception to date.
Nwaoboshi stated: “As a committee, we are determined to address critical issues relating to the budget of the NDDC, which will soon be considered by the Senate. We are here to see what the Commission has accomplished over the years and the way forward”.
Also, the Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari said that the Commission has written to the State Government on its budget and was prepared to work with all the 9 States to further the completion of projects.