Minister, Governor Otu decry bad road network in Niger Delta

By Iquo Williams, Abuja

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Minister of Niger Delta Development (MNDD), Mr. Abubakar Momoh and the Governor of Cross River state, Bassey Otu have identified lack of access road as a major set-back to the growth and development of the oil rich region.

The duo made this observation when the Minister paid a courtesy call to the Governor in his Office in Calabar, the Cross River state capital.

Governor Otu who decried the bad state of roads in the Niger Delta Region, lamented that the development was making life unbearable for citizens especially farmers in the hinterland.

“We in the Niger Delta Region don’t enjoy the dividends of oil extraction from this region,” Otu said.

Speaking earlier, the Minister who lamented that lack of access road was militating against the development of the region called on the Governors of the region to collaborate with NDDC to move the region forward.

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During inspection at University of Calabar, Momoh commended the quality of the 3 kilometres access road project executed within the campus.

The Vice chancellor of the University of Calabar, Professor Florence Banku Obi applauded the Ministry and the Minister for the intervention.

“I am extremely happy for the access road project in the campus which before now was a big source of concern to both the students and the lecturers,” she said.

Other completed project on the campus was the Town Hall Complex, the 500 bed capacity Students Hostel, and the Akim-Qua Community Road within the metropolitan City of Calabar’.

He rounded his project inspection by visiting the State Office of Ministry of Niger Delta Development in Calabar, the Cross Rivers State Capital.