Benefiting communities of the 39.2km road embarked upon by Niger Delta Development Commission connecting four riverine Bayelsa communities to the east-west road have expressed gratitude to the Commission for opening up their areas.
The communities are Sampou-Odoni-Osekwenike And Elemebiri. Already 56 percent completion of the road project has being achieved with 2 bridges, culverts, sand filling, soil cement stabilization, laying of stones as well as asphalt wearing course completed.
Speaking with the NDDC Acting Managing Director, Dr. Christy Atako when she inspected the road project, the Former Deputy Chief of Sampou, Chief F.D Kakate described the project as a major relief to the people whom he said have suffered untold hardship due to lack of road.
“ For several years we have been using canoe to travel from far and near, transportation has been a very difficult problem but with the construction of this road, We have seen an appreciable development in this community both economically and socially”.
Also speaking, the Youth President, Azele Macdonald said “for us NDDC is God sent, for over 30 years we have been looking for a way to get a road and today NDDC has harkened to our call. We are grateful.
Mr. MacDonald noted with pleasure that apart from the physical infrastructure, the road project was also creating jobs for the youths of the communities whom he said are employed and trained on various skills.
He pledged the commitment of the youths to the successful completion of the road.
Responding, the NDDC Boss, Dr. (Mrs.) Christy Atako thanked the communities for their co-operation with the contractor, and urged them to continue in that spirit. She assured the people that President Jonathan has demonstrated enough will to show that he was committed to the development of the Niger Delta Region as evidenced by the presence of people oriented projects across the region.
She commended the contractor for a job well done, urging him to maintain the standard.