BY GABRIEL OKECHUKWU, FRCN, PORT HARCOURT
Residents of Rukpokwu, Mininta, Choba and Rumuigbo Communities in Rivers State have expressed delight over the construction of internal roads, rural electrification and installation of solar powered streetlight in their localities by Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC in recent times.
The residents including the Chairman of Mininta Community, Mr. Rogers Iwunna described the projects as a big relief to the people.
They made their feelings known during inspection of some of the projects Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, completed during the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
In line with his “doing things right” mantra, the Acting Managing Director NDDC, Dr. Emmanuel Audu – Ohwavborua thought it wise to embark on inspection of projects done by the Commission in the nine states to showcase the efforts of the interventionist agency and the President to develop rural communities in the Niger Delta region.
Some of the roads are one kilometre, one point six and two kilometres, with rigid pavement of up-to twelve inches thickness as well as water stone base embedded compartment to guarantee durability.
Speaking on the development at Mininta, Uzuoba, the Community Chairman, Mr. Rogers Iwunna noted that the road was not accessible before NDDC came to their rescue.
Similarly, a seamstress in the locality, Mrs. Tracy Jonathan acknowledged that construction of the road has increased the patronage she enjoys.
In the same vein, at Second Pipeline Road Rukpokwu, where NDDC installed five hundred KVA transformer apart from the internal roads, Mr. Nwadike Dominion and Tele Jona said that the road brought development in the locality while the streetlight has been helping in the reduction of criminal activities in the Area.
Also, in Rumuigbo and Choba Communities, Mr. Israel OWhonda and Gladis Titus while calling for more infrastructure, admitted that the projects have added value to the lives of the residents.
The respondents appreciated the efforts of Niger Delta Development Commission and the present administration for coming to their aid by choosing to execute the projects in their communities.