The Ogbia-Nembe Road
President Muhammadu Buhari is set to inaugurate the 29-kilometre Ogbia-Nembe Road in Bayelsa State which is jointly funded by the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC and the Shell Petroleum Development corporation SPDC.
has invited the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to inaugurate a
The NDDC, in a statement on Tuesday, titled ‘NDDC Invites President Buhari To Commission Signature Project’, said the project, which cuts across 14 communities, costs N24 billion.
The statement signed by the commission’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Charles Odili, in Abuja, said the road was built in conjunction with the Shell Petroleum Development Company and it creates a land link between Yenagoa and the ancient city of Nembe for the first time.
Odili said, “To conquer the swampy terrain, the construction involved digging out four metres of clay soil and sand filling it to provide a base for the road.
“The road has cut the journey time to Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, from three hours to one and a half hours.
“This project is a not only flagship of intervention in the Niger Delta but it is also a model of the development partnership between the Commission and international oil companies in the region.”
NDDC New Headquarters in Port Harcourt
It would be recalled that the interventionist agency, NDDC, and its supervising ministry Niger Delta Ministry have been in the eye of the storm of late with the National Assembly probing alleged financial recklessness to the tune of N40 billion by the commission’s Interim Management Committee IMC.
The IMC and the Minister of the Niger Delta Ministry Senator Godswill Akpabio have consistently denied any form of corrupt practices insisting that their expenses and disbursement of funds followed due processes.