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Abia Communities Ecstatic Over Smooth And Asphalted Roads Made Possible By NDDC

The Oasis Reporters

February 22, 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The NDDC Executive Director, Projects, Sir Victor Antai, (2 nd right) giving his
impressions during the inspection of Atani-Amuvi-Amankwu Road in Arochukwu
Local Government Area of Abia State.
From left is NDDC Director, Project Monitoring and Supervision, Engr. Nelson
Onwo; Director Environmental Protection and Control, Engr. Onuoha Obeka,
while on the right is the Eze of Ugbo community, Eze John Ogbonnaya Okoro.

 

 Communities in Arochukwu town have expressed appreciation to the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC over the ongoing emergency repairs of failed sections of Atani-Amuvi-Amankwu Road and the 8-kilometre Atani Phase II Road in Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State.

Leaders of the communities showed their joy when the NDDC Executive Director, Projects, Sir Victor Antai, led a team of the Commission’s directors and engineers to inspect the roads, with concrete drains and solar-powered street lights.

 

 

Speaking on behalf of Ugbo community in Arochukwu, Eze John Ogbonnaya Okoro, gave plaudits to the NDDC, stating: “This road you are seeing today was more like a track road, mostly marshy and undulating, before the NDDC intervened. Vehicles couldn’t come into our villages through this road. But today in our life time, through NDDC we now have a smooth and asphalted road.

 

“On behalf of my community, I’m saying a very big thank you to NDDC, while we appeal for a bridge across the river so that we can access our farmlands and then open up the communities.”

 

Speaking in the same vein, the Eze Ogo Atani, Eze Dr Charles Okoro, applauded the NDDC for its intervention, noting that for many years, the road which links many communities, had been impassable.

 

According to him: “Words are not enough to express the joy of the people who are now enjoying quality roads with the accompanying benefits in social and economic activities.”

 

He observed that the roads re-constructed by the NDDC had been in deplorable condition for many years, noting: “Most of our communities were not accessible by road before the NDDC came to our rescue. We are very grateful for this assistance and we appeal for more in the area of electricity where we need transformers.”

 

Giving his impression after the inspections, the NDDC Executive Director, Projects, said that the road network would have a major impact on the lives of the people, as it would open more opportunities for business and socialisation across state boundaries.

 

Antai assured the community leaders of the Commission’s commitment to the infrastructural development of the Niger Delta region. 

 

He declared: “When the righteous is on the throne, the people rejoice. The current Board and Management of the Commission are transforming the entire Niger Delta region. We have gone round this community and you can see for yourselves the beautiful job done by the contractor. I am satisfied with the quality of work done.

 

“The roads have drains on both sides and are complimented by solar-powered street lights. These street lights form part of the Light up the Niger Delta project of the Commission.”

 
Antai pledged that NDDC would not relent in its resolve to transform the Niger Delta region by executing impactful projects in the region, noting: “Arochukwu is very close to Akwa Ibom State, as it shares boundaries with Ini Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom and is also close to Cross River State. The good road network in Arochukwu is one step away from getting across to the neighbouring states. I must commend the contractor for a job well done. We will encourage other contractors to step up their game and deliver quality jobs.”

He commended the youths from the different communities in Arochukwu for being very peaceful and providing the enabling environment for the contractor to keep to the job specifications and standards set by the NDDC to ensure quality delivery.

 

 

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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