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NDDC To Dickson: Stop Taking Credit For Our Intervention Efforts

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Posted: Oct 9, 2016 at 3:37 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Igoniko Oduma


Yenagoa – Claims at the weekend by the Bayelsa State government under Governor Seriake Dickson that it is responsible for the current rehabilitation work on deplorable internal roads in Yenagoa, the state capital, has been debunked by the Niger Delta Development Commission.

The Commission described as untrue and shocking the claims by the Dickson administration that it was intervening on the roads.

Ibim Seminitari, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the NDDC, who reacted to the state government’s claims, said the intervention agency was carrying out emergency repairs and rehabilitation on 14 roads in Bayelsa, including Yenagoa.

Jonathan Obuebite, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, had claimed during a live radio programme in Yenagoa on Saturday that the ongoing emergency repairs on roads in the state were the handiwork of the state government, stressing that the NDDC was not doing anything in Bayelsa.

Seminitari who reacted through a statement signed by Bekee Anyalewechi, her Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, stated that “the ongoing emergency road repairs and rehabilitation covered the nine mandate states of the commission”.

She expressed surprise that the Dickson administration decided to take credit and “turn the truth head-down” instead of commending the NDDC for the bold step that had brought a huge relief to it.

“Such deliberate falsehood erodes public trust in authorities”, the NDDC boss said, emphasising that the emergency work was meant to relief the government of some infrastructure burden.

“The commission had expected that the Government of Bayelsa State would, in best practice, emulate its Cross River and Akwa Ibom states counterparts in commending the Commission. Or, where it lacked the courage to attribute credit to NDDC, would keep quiet than spreading misinformation,” Semenitari said.

She stated that “though the Bayelsa State Government knew the truth, it chose to hide it from the public, and such style of governance erodes confidence in government and ridicules the tenets of probity.

“NDDC saw gaps in road infrastructure across its nine mandate states and the urgent need to intervene and after a management meeting, decided to act as to procure relief to motorists and other road users.

“So, the option of emergency road repairs came handy as it would afford immediate remedial solutions, relieve states of financial burden and enhance inter and intra-city communications. Under this intervention, hitherto impassable roads have become usable routes thereby boosting economic activity and improving livelihood of the people”, she added.

The NDDC listed the 14 roads in which it is intervening in Bayelsa to be the Opokuma-Sabageria-Polaku road in Opokuma local government; Odi-Trofani road; Otiotio Road, Yenagoa; DooGood Street, Yenagoa; Goodnews Street, Azikoro, Yenagoa; Shepherd Vine Road, also in Yenagoa.

According to NDDC, other roads in which its intervention is ongoing in the state capital are Capt. Ayeni Street; Saptex Road, Yenizue-Epie; INEC Road, Kpansia; Jasmine Suite Road, Kpansia; Erepa Road ; and NIIT Road.

Others it listed are the Dimrose-Green; Villa-Custom Link Roads 1 & 2, Biogbolo; and Tolda Road, Ekeki, all in Yenagoa.

NDDC stressed that while it was not engaging the Bayelsa State government in any verbal war, it was necessary to leave the public with the correct information, saying “it is critical for good governance and sustainable development.”