Governor Rochas Okorocha has called on the Federal Government to overhaul and reposition the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to fast track speedy development of the Niger Delta states.
Governor Okorocha made this call while receiving the Minister of Niger Delta, Elder Godsday Orubebe who paid him a courtesy call at the Government House, Owerri.
He said that the leaders of the Niger Delta States owed the people explanation for the huge amount of money that had come into the states which have not been judiciously utilized, stressing that it is unfortunate that the states of Niger Delta have nothing to show for all the things that have been appropriated to NDDC.
Governor Okorocha who expressed his disappointment over the performances of NDDC, described it as a waste basket that is dropping money everywhere which could not meet the development need of the states for which it was created.
“This state does not feel the impact of NDDC at all, and I feel bad about it, I therefore call on the federal government to redirect the activities of the Niger Delta Commission for effective development of the Niger Delta states” he said.
Governor Okorocha decried that Imo State has been neglected despite its strategic position in the economic development of the country. He regretted that Imo youths were shortchanged in the amnesty programme and called on those concerned to redress the issue.
Governor Okorocha decried the slow pace of work at the dualization of Owerri, Port Harcourt road being handled by Arab contractors and appealed to the Minister to urge them to ensure that the project is completed on time.
Speaking earlier, the Minister of Niger Delta, Elder Godsday Orubebe informed the Governor that he was in the state to invite him to the forthcoming conference of the council of the Niger Delta states that will soon hold in Ondo state.
He informed the governor that the Ministry of Niger Delta has in collaboration with NDDC has come up with an action plan to fast-track development of the Niger Delta states, and appealed to the governor to study the copy sent to him to enable the state make their own input during the one week conference.
He said that there will be a stakeholders meeting which will be the technical aspect of the conference involving the commissioners in-charge of infrastructural development in the states.
The Minister stressed the need to bring every stakeholder together including the development partners to have a collaborative frame-work where there will be collective responsibility on issues, projects and activities.
He added that the Ministry of Niger Delta was created to cater for mega projects like, East-West roads, the coastal roads and the East-West route liens, while NDDC states and local government should take up minor projects. “Our collaboration will remove duplication of activities and reduce waste of resources and ensure faster development of the Niger Delta states”, he added.