Niger Delta Minister begins consultation with Governors, Monarchs over the sorry state of East-West road

Niger Delta Minister begins consultation with Governors, Monarchs over the sorry state of East-West road
September 15 16:55 2023 Print This Article

… Want contract returned to Niger Delta Ministry

Minister, Ministry of Niger Delta Development (MNDD), Engr. Abubakar Momoh has begun consultation with state Governors to ensure that the road that connects almost all the states of the South-South region receives the best of attention under his leadership.

Momoh began the consultation yesterday with a courtesy call to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Umo Baasey Eno, at his office in Uyo in continuation of his tour of states under the Ministry of Niger Delta Development.

At the meeting, Momoh called for the understanding of all the Governors in the region for him to succeed particularly if the contract of the East-West Road is brought under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Niger Delta Development from the Federal Ministry of Works.

The Minister reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government towards rapid development of the Niger Delta region, insisting that the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration will not relent in efforts to revamp infrastructure, human capacity and promote economic growth of the region.

Lamenting the ugly state of security and infrastructure challenges in the Niger Delta Region. He said “Niger Delta Region has continuous problems of security and poor infrastructural development.

“It is unfortunate that Niger Delta which is the economic nerve center of Nigeria has not accomplished roads in the South-South region uptil date.”

Responding, Governor Eno, buttressed the fact that it is painful that South-South region lays the golden eggs and they are not feeling the impact in terms of development in the region but rather suffering from environmental degradation of one type to the other.

“Our Environment has been degraded”. Eno said.

He regretted that after all the years of establishing Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Niger Delta region was yet to feel the real impact and dividend of establishing the interventionist agency.

The Governor thanked President Tinubu for his approach to governance, working with people across party lines.

Also, the Minister paid a courtesy call to his Royal Majesty Ediden Sylvanus Effiong Okon Jp in his Palace where he informed the monarch that he was in his place to consult stakeholders to assure them of the commitment of the present administration to better the lives of Nigerians and the country at large.

“The Renewed Hope” agenda of Mr. President is for the betterment of Nigerians,” he added.

Minister inspected a completed two kilometers road, in Ikot Udoe Town and the State Office of the Ministry under construction. At both levels, the Minister expressed satisfaction with the completed 2 kilometres road and the quality of the job of the State office which is still under construction.

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