Thursday, 19 October 2017

NDDC Chairman berates Ifere Paul, says Ogoja-Ikom-Calabar Highway not under my Jurisdiction

|Ukorebi Esien|19th October, 2017 

According to a statement made available to TDN, Mr. Ifere Paul’s postulation that the Delta Development Commission led by Sen. Victor Ndoma Ebga is insensitive to the plight of crossriverians as regards the Ogoja-Ikom-Calabar Highway is not to say the least incorrect.

Recall that TDN had reported earlier in a post titledIfere Paul attacks fellow party man for supporting Ayade’s super highway how Ifere Paul accused Sen. Ndoma Ebga’s led NDDC of being insensitive to critical issues
Ifere’s statement reads in part:

‘…I feel so worried that we don't pay attention to the most pressing issues. Our leaders are often overtaken by rhetoric, and unsubstantiated white elephants projects.
Reading articles about Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba visit to Governor Ben Ayade in Calabar, and pledging support for the construction of 14 Kilometers of the deep seaport road makes me sick to the stomach.
Who is using the deep seaport now? Who is using the superhighway now? Would Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba use the super highway to travel to his village at this point in time?
I am seriously disappointed by the type of leadership we have in Cross River State now. I feel disgusted right now.’

In what sounds like a response to Ifere’s statement, the statement reads thus:

The Ogoja - Ikom - Calabar Highway is under the jurisdiction of the Federal Ministry of works and not NDDC which is only an interventionist agency.

It went further to disclaim that the agency did not initiated the partnership with Cross River State Government in the construction of the 14 kilometer access road to Bakassi deep sea Port but only yielded to the appeal of the Governor.

It said the governor’s appeal fell in line with the determination of the current Board and Management of the Commission to partner and not compete with Governors of member states on their signature projects and other projects that are in line with mandate of the interventionist agency.

Note that the Super highway and Bakassi Deep Sea Port is one of the legacy projects of the Cross River State Government who have requested partnership with NDDC towards the realization of this project that would impact positively on the economy of not only the State, but the entire Niger Delta Region and Nigeria as a whole. 

According to findings made by our correspondence, the said road which has already claimed one life while leaving two people with serious injuries is currently being repaired as Sematech, an engineering company has been deployed to the site.