Rivers State Governor Rt Hon. Chibike Amaechi has urged the new board of the NDDC to implement programmes that will address youths restiveness in the region.
He stated this when the board led by its Chairman, Dr Tarilah Tebepah paid him a courtesy visit at Government House Port Harcourt.
The Governor prescribed investment in agriculture as one way the board can fast track the process. “You have a rice mill at Elele Alimini, if you start a 10,000 hectares of rice mill in each of the States 5,000 employment opportunities will be created.”
Rt Hon Amaechi advised the board to strive towards attaining legacies they will be remembered for, declaring that “ history beckons, people will like to know what you did with this opportunity, they will ask, what you did with the resources, you must be focused, avoid distractions and leave a history that our children will be proud of.”
While advising the NDDC to go for enduring and sustainable projects the Governor said “the era of six classroom blocks is gone, particularly in Rivers State, we don’t support the construction of primary schools by the Commission because such schools without the basic facilities as toilet, library, ICT makes no sense and the Rivers State government, is prepared to partner the Commission in the areas of power distribution, roads and education.
According to the Governor, Before the last board left we had started discussions on the issue of distribution, Rivers State has sufficient power, what we don’t have is distribution.
On contract award, Governor Amaechi said “we agree that the essence of setting up NDDC is to empower the people of Niger delta but that does not mean that a man who does not have a construction company should be given a road to do, he will definitely do nothing”
Earlier, the Chairman of the NDDC governing board, Dr Tarilah Tebepah told the Governor that the board members would work as a team to achieve its target.
Dr Tebepah listed some of the immediate challenges of the Commission which includes the legal issues surrounding its present corporate office along Port Harcourt/Aba express road and the possibility of an alternative accommodation other than the permanent site along Eastern by-pass, and called for assistance from the Governor.