Mr Ndueso Essien, a media aide to the Akwa Ibom State governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has pilloried the NDDC under Mr Nsima Ekere, saying the commission's impact is not being felt in the state, even though the managing director is from there.
Essien said in a statement on Saturday that even the few projects undertaken by the commission in the state were wishy –washy. According to him.
He made reference to the projects like the School Road, Itu road, Ebong Essien road and Nelson Mandela road, all in Uyo, noting that the roads had had failed in less than one year, leaving residence of the area to suffer the consequences.
“NDDC is not an arm of the APC; it is a federal agency established by law and funded by proceeds from oil producing states, to intervene in projects execution in the nine Niger Delta states.
“Execution of project by the NDDC should not be seen as a privilege for Akwa Ibom State, but an inalienable right, especially in view of the status of the state as the highest contributor to the federal coffers,” he said.
He also said insinuations that the governor was at war with Ekere was not true and that in the interest of the state and for the purpose of developing the state, the governor was willing and ready to work with Ekere, political party differences notwithstanding.