A forum of Niger Delta Leaders and Critical Stakeholders, has again called on President Bola Tinubu to release the backlog of unremitted funds due to Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
The concerned stakeholders in a statement by the President of MOSIEND, Mr. Kennedy Tonjo-West and others after a parley in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, said the release of the funds would help escalate the development of the region.
The statement praised Tinubu for appointing persons of high scale to the board and management of the NDDC and urged the people to lend constructive support to the leadership of the commission in its determined march to make a difference.
The statement said: “We are again calling on Mr. President to use his good offices, as a lover of the Niger Delta, to take deliberate steps towards releasing in tranches, the huge backlog of arrears of monies owed the commission by the Federal Government.
“We strongly believe that such a presidential gesture will not only help escalate the development of the region but will further endear Mr. President to the Niger Delta people.”
The stakeholders expressed dismay at the terrible state of sections of the East-West Road, especially the portions between Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta states, ravaged by the 2022 flood, as well as the Warri-Sapale-Benin Road, Benin-Auchi Road, Calabar-Itu-Ikot Ekpene Road, among others, across the entire Niger Delta
They called on the Federal Ministry of Works and the relevant agencies of the Federal Government to carry out immediate reconstruction works on the several failed sections of “federal roads” in Niger Delta, to alleviate the suffering of the people.
Similarly, they called for the completion of the Ikot Abasi-Eket-Oron section of the East-West Road, and the award of the contract for the Oron-Calabar section of the all-important road.(VANGUARD NEWS)