Ondo State Government and the Niger Delta Development Commission
(NDDC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on
Araromi-Akodo-Lekki road said to have been neglected by successive
governments for decades.
The MOU, which is aimed at constructing the road for the purpose of
opening up the project for integrated economic development, was signed
on behalf of the state government by the Secretary to the State
Government, Mr. Ifedayo Abegunde, while the NDDC Managing Director,
Mr.Nsima Ekere, signed on behalf of the commission.
The state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN who spoke
after the ceremony, lamented the condition of the residents of the
southern senatorial district of the state.
While expressing optimism that the Araromi-Akodo-Lekki road would be
delivered before the expiration of the tenure of the Chairman of the
NDDC Board, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, Akeredolu said, visit by the
NDDC Board led by Ndoma-Egba was impactful because it would afford the
commission the opportunity to have adequate knowledge of the gloomy
condition of the people of the Niger Delta area of the state.
The governor, however, expressed concern that the southern senatorial
district of the state had been neglected for years in spite of the
fact the treasures of the state were hidden in the area.
Akeredeolu said, “The people of the Southern Senatorial District have
been in total darkness for over four years and this ought not to be
The governor who also used the occasion to renew his promise to spread
development to all the three senatorial districts of the state, hailed
the NDDC for showing interest in partnering with his administration to
provide good governance to the people.
Earlier,the chairman of the commission, Senator Ndoma-Egba. Said, the
commission had decided to review all the NDDC’s projects in the state
to ensure impactful projects delivery.
He said of the NDDC’s 785 projects in Ondo State, 381 are ongoing;
while 266 had been neglected; 96 were either stalled or abandoned and
42 had been awarded, but contractors had yet to return to sites.
According to him, the commission would focus on projects that would
truly integrate the Niger Delta region, hinting the resident that the
contractors working at Omotosho power project will be paid next week. ELANZANEWS.M