Thursday, 20 January 2022

NDDC: C'River Shares N10m worth Bags Rice

In it's yearly characteristics, Niger Delta Development Commission in collaboration with Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs headed by Sen. Goodswill Akpabio has ensured that Cross Riverians are not left out in the yearly distribution of bags of rice and other gift items during the Yellutide. 

According to a one time Deputy Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly and immediate past Chairman of the state's Sports Commission, Rt. Hon. Orok Otuekong Duke the original amount of Rice due and approved for Cross River State is (N35m), Thirty Five Million Naira worth of Rice for the 196 political wards of the state. But unfortunately only (N10m), Ten Million Naira Worth of Rice has been released so far. 

However, there are insinuations that one  Offiong Ephraim said to be the youth leader is still in possession of the balance of (N25m), Twenty Five Million Naira. 

According to Duke, over one thousand bags of rice worth (N35m), Thirty Five Million Naira was approved and released for the state but he has only taken delivery of (N10m) Ten Million Naira worth of Rice and has began distribution to the various wards in the South pending when the remaining will arrive the distribution will continue in the central and Northern Senatorial Districts. 

"Basically, we were supposed to have had this small largesse from the NDDC before Christmas to celebrate Christmas but, they couldn't take delivery since, I think, the rice are all sourced within Nigeria.

"Since, almost all the states too where looking for rice at the same time. So, we had scarcity and a little paucity in the activities in the secretariat. So, they had promised us after new year (sic), the little we took delivery of we decided to start sharing.

"We were supposed to have had over a thousand bags of rice but, I hear the youth leader is still working on it. His name is Offiong Ephraim.

'So, we are not going to wait for them. We've said the little we have, let's start from the Southern Senatorial District. We now shared to party structure, after that we will look for interest groups like Niger Delta Youth Movement, former militants the Bakassi Strike Force, we are going to look at other youth groups, then we go to women groups, we are trying to spread it out to cover a maximum duration of 5 days', he said.

Beginning from Tuesday this week, the distribution will follow a sequence of Tuesday for EXCO structure, then on Wednesday we will distribute to Odukpani, Akamkpa, Biase, and Akpabuyo, followed by specialised groups, youth and women groups. As more bags come in, the distribution will proceed to other senatorial districts like Cross River Central etc.

While appreciating the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godswill Akpabio, Duke added that the distribution is aimed at entrenching a politics of inclusion.

Duke also informed that the exercise which has lasted for 22 years witnessed a situation last year where there were 1,400 bags for distribution which saw bags of rice distributed to 196 wards at 4 bags per ward.

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