R-L: The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency, Umo Bassey Eno, received in courtesy, the Minister, Ministry of Niger Delta Development (MNDD), Engr. Abubakar Momoh, in his office, recently, at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
By Ignatius Ushie
Minister, Ministry of Niger Delta Development (MNDD), Engr. Abubakar Momoh has begun consultation with state Governors to ensure that the road which connects almost all the states of the South-South region receives the best of attention under his leadership.
In a statement made available to Transport Day in Abuja, Momoh began the consultation recently with courtesy call on 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 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.
He said “It is unfortunate that Niger Delta which is the economic nerve center of Nigeria has no 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, 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.
Also, the Minister paid a courtesy call on 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 the commitment of the present administration to better the lives of Nigerians and the country at large.