Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel says his administration will resist efforts by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to open up the state through the construction of new roads because doing so would distort the states development plan.
Governor Emmanuel made the call while fielding questions from Government House Correspondents shortly on arrival from Abuja at the Ibom International Airport.
“We hear that NDDC is planning to open more roads, if they do that we would resist it because that would distort our development plan. We have a structure and systems that are running. Let them come under that structure so that we can anchor development together.” Governor Emmanuel stated.
While calling for collaboration between Federal Agencies and benefiting state governments in the execution of development projects to ensure quality service delivery, he said that the rate of project duplication is worrisome to the Governors of the benefiting states and that such collaboration has become expedient to harness development and ensure quality control in project execution.
His words : “We in the Niger Delta are frowning at the way Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is distorting our development programmes. In Akwa Ibom State for instance, we have over one hundred project interventions at various levels that have not been completed by NDDC. Some of them are 400m, 500m and very few are up to 5km of roads.”
“They just execute the earth works with no drainage and the roads are not completed but leave untold hardship on the people. So we are calling on the office of the Secretary to the Federal Government to prevail on the Federal Agencies and Commissions to sit with the state government and plan how to utilise the money in line with the development vision of each state ”
He explained that the state government is maintaining Federal roads which have not been completed and mentioned the Abak – Ikot Abasi, Aba – Ikot Ekpene roads as well as transmission line between between Ikot Ekpene and Ikot Abasi Local Government Areas which have been abandoned for 6years and urged NDDC to complete the projects rather than distort the state government’s development plan.