The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Barr. Bassey Dan-Abia, has re-stated the resolve of the interventionist agency to pay attention to details and ensure that all its projects in the Niger Delta have the stamp of quality. He said that much as the new board of the commission was eager to complete many on-going projects as directed by President Goodluck Jonathan, it would not compromise on quality.
The NDDC Chief Executive Officer was speaking while inspecting on-going projects being executed by the commission in the 3 Senatorial districts of Akwa Ibom State at the weekend. The inspection took him and his team, which included the Representative of Akwa Ibom State on the board of the NDDC, Engr. Etim Inyang Jnr, to the hostel project at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital in Uyo, as well as road projects in Essien Udim, Ika, Iboino Ibom and Esit Eket local government areas.
Inspecting the 30-kilometre Nsasak Junction-Oron Road, Barr. Dan-Abia expressed satisfaction with the quality of job and noted that there can be no better demonstration of the fact that the new NDDC was working.
“The high quality performance which I have seen from our contractors typifies what is happening in the new NDDC. Our quality mantra is not a slogan or propaganda. It is real,” the MD said.
He said that he was particularly pleased by the fact that the inter-state road was being constructed by an indigenous contractor, who had shown sufficient capacity and deserved to be encouraged. “Certainly, this road, which links Akwa Ibom with Abia, will be among the next set of projects to be commissioned by the NDDC board,” he said.
The Managing Director of Seyang Construction, the company handling the project, Engr. Sam Inyang, said that the road would be the shortest route from Akwa Ibom to Rivers state through Aba. He also described the road as having huge potentials for economic benefits to the people of several communities and local governments in the area.
At the Ididep-Ekpenyong Ika Etim-Afaha Itiat Road in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, Senator Ita Enang, who represents Uyo (North East) Senatorial District of Akwa Ibom in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, said he was very impressed with what the NDDC was doing for his people. He said: “This is as good as it comes. It is a very well done project and I commend the NDDC for this high quality performance.”
Senator Enang, who is also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Business, gave kudos to the NDDC for engaging capable contractors, who according to him, were doing very well even by the “uncommon transformation” standards of Akwa Ibom State.
The Akwa Inom State representative, Engr. Etim Inyang Jnr., said that the commission would continue to provide the needed infrastructure to open up communities in the Niger Delta for sustainable development.