Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Dr. Sam Ogbuku, has said that it will be difficult to effectively manage and develop the region without the full support of all critical stakeholders.
While expressing appreciation to the senate for finally approving the commission’s budget, Ogbuku promised to judiciously spend the funds and quality projects that would stand the test of time.
NDDC projects are generally known to be very shabby and sub-standard. For example, roads executed by the commission are feared to have collapsed in less than two years. Some actually collapse after less than a year.
The general perception is that whereas contracts for the projects are usually over inflated, apparently because of the various interests that the contractor would need to protect, the projects would either be abandoned at the end of the day or would be poorly executed.
At the moment there are thousands of abandoned NDDC projects across the nine states that make up the commission. But the MD said he would ensure that the narrative changes as he begins the implementation of the approved budget.
He said: “We are grateful to the senate for its support and commitment to developing the Niger Delta region. The passage of this budget will enable us to continue providing critical infrastructure and services to the region’s people.
“We are committed to ensuring that every kobo allocated in this budget is used for its intended purpose. We will work tirelessly to ensure that our projects are completed on time and to the highest standards.”