The Imo State House of Assembly Special Committee on the Niger – Delta Development Commission (NDDC) led by its Deputy Speaker, Donatus Ozoemena has demanded for a list of the NDDC projects in the State.
Donatus Ozoemena made the demand during a meeting with the Acting Managing Director of NDDC and top management staffs of the commission recently.
The Deputy Speaker commented on the rate of delay, abandonment and duplication of NDDC projects in Imo State, saying the non- identification of projecs sites and supervision would be blamed on the above situation.
He stressed that collaboration between the Imo State House of Assembly and NDDC would contribute immensely towards addressing the problem of contract abandonment and duplication.
“The synergy which has become vital for the House of Assembly as the representative of the people is the expectation to contribute to addressing the challenges facing the State in the area of monitoring and supervision of NDDC projects.
The Deputy Speaker further explained that the rescue administration in the State has continued to implement road construction and infrastructure provision in its development agenda. Adding, the special committee which was set up by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Benjamin Uwajumogu to supervise NDDC projects does not have the power of oversight on NDDC as a federal government establishment.
Benjamin Ozoemena called on the management of NDDC to take advantage of the Assembly’s commitment to serving its people to make available the list of project in the State to enable monitoring activities by the Committee.
The Acting Managing Director of NNDC, Christy Alaka commended the House of Assembly members for the decision to contribute towards moving the State forward. She identified some areas whereby the NDDC can partner with Government and the people towards achieving results on youth empowerment, health and agriculture.