In Imo NDDC completes 242 roads, hostel projects

It said the commission was committed to addressing challenges confronting the region by repositioning from physical infrastructure needs to human capacity development.

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Mrs Ibim Semenitari, acting Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), on Saturday said the agency had completed 242 road, electrification and hostel projects in Imo.

A statement issued in Port Harcourt by Mr Chijioke Amu-Nnadi, the commission’s Head of Corporate Affairs unit, disclosed that the projects were completed since the commission came into existence in 2000.

The statement quoted Semenitari to have said this during her visit to Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo.

It said the commission was committed to addressing challenges confronting the region by repositioning from physical infrastructure needs to human capacity development.

``Since inception, the commission has tried to meet expectations of the people by completing 242 projects in Imo state.

``The commission have constructed several roads; undertaken rural electrification projects in communities such as in Okigwe, Umuenyi in Isiala-Mbano and Awa/Akabor communities.

``We have also donated over 400 transformers to many other communities in the state; donated medical equipment and drugs to hospitals and carried out free medical missions in rural communities.

``Recently, NDDC also built and donated 522-bed space hostels each to Imo State University and the Federal University of Science and Technology,” Semenitari was quoted as saying.

The statement said the commission was concerned with dualisation of the Avu to Etekwuru road project that would connect six communities in the state.

It said the project, when completed, would increase economic activities around the Amafor market and the general Owerri West and Ohaji/Egbema local government areas of Imo.

It noted that NDDC as an interventionist agency was focused to bridge the development gap in the region and improve livelihoods of the people.

``To this end, the commission will longer tolerate substandard projects because we cannot continue to ignore our responsibility to impact positively on the lives of our people.

``I’ve told my engineers that such delivery cannot be accepted, in such that, we will put every strategy in place to ensure that our projects become worthier,” Semenitari stated.

It said that Semenitari called on Imo government to set up a team to interface with NDDC to put an end to duplication of projects.

The statement said that Okorocha also called on the NDDC to focus more on building ``big ticket projects” that would connect the nine states that make up the region.

According to the statement, NDDC should not bother itself with renovation of primary and secondary schools, but rather change its style and go for big ticket projects.

It stated that Okorocha urged the commission to follow the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari to complete all ongoing projects in the region.

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