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NDDC To Inaugurate Khana- Andoni Road In 3 Months

Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development
Commission (NDDC), Dr Gbene Joi Nunieh, said the N10.9 billion Kaa-Ataba road and
bridge linking Khana Local Government Area to Andoni Local Government Area of
Rivers State will be completed by the end of January, nxt year for
commissioning by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to a statement by the NDDC Director, Corporate
Affairs, Charles Odili, the NDDC boss made the disclosure during an inspection
of the commission’s projects in the state, adding that work on the
4.7-kilometre road and bridge would be fast-tracked to ensure that the project
was completed by the end of January 2020.

She said the NDDC Interim Management Committee would use the
project to demonstrate that the Buhari administration cared for the people who
live in the rural communities, noting: “Mr President is very determined to take
development to the rural communities. That is why he gave us the mandate to
reach out to the grassroots”.

The NDDC boss remarked that as an interventionist agency,
the commission would endeavour to leave its footprints on villages spread
across the nine Niger Delta states, working in collaboration with the state
governments.

Nunieh said she was delighted that the project which was
awarded in 2009 and appeared neglected, had been revived, declaring “the
contractor has returned to the site and we will complete it to give the
communities in Andoni access to modern facilities in other parts of Rivers
state”.

She expressed satisfaction with the performance of the
contractor, whom she noted was an indigene of one of the communities in the
area, noting that “many other contractors have equally gone back to the site
since we assumed duties.”

According to the NDDC acting managing director, when the
road and bridge was completed, many people from the area would be going to work
from their villages as she stated that some of the communities were important
in their own rights, especially Oyorokoto, which she said was one of the
largest fishing ports in the region.

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