BY GABRIEL OKECHUKWU, FRCN PORT HARCOURT
The Director Bayelsa State Office, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Theophilus Alagoa says Projects executed by the commission in the state are of high standard and durable.
Mr. Alagoa who made the assertion while conducting journalists round some project sites, revealed that many roads done by NDDC in Bayelsa State have linked together many communities there were separated by water.
The inspection in Bayelsa State was in continuation of the assessment of projects done by Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, in the region which the Acting Managing Director Dr Emmanuel Ohwavborua has embarked upon to showcase Federal Government’s effort towards the development of rural communities.
The inspection which took journalists to different senatorial districts of Bayelsa State, covered road projects, solar system street light shore protection among others.
Speaking on the economic benefits of most of the roads, the Bayelsa State Director NDDC, Mr. Theophilus Alagoa who expressed happiness over quality finishing on the roads, revealed that the construction thirty-nine point two kilometres Sampou Odoni Osakwenike road from Bayelsa axis of East West Road Will link three States of Bayelsa, Delta and Anambra.
While appreciating NDDC for coming to their rescue, two residents of National Open University Road Azikoro, Mr. Marley Fineface and Johnhills Onyebuchi noted that most people that have property down the street could not access them due to swampy nature of the Road before NDDC intervened.
In Okologba community, Kolokuma Opokuma Local government Area Bayelsa State where NDDC did ridgid pavement road for the community, two women Mr. Susan Igbanibo who spoke in pidgin English and Evula Marcathy who responded in Ijaw language, acknowledged that construction of the roads brought development in the rural community.
Other projects sited were Shoreline protection at Agbere Odoni in Sagbama Local government Area, two kilometres solar powered streetlight at Aduku, construction of Bodis and New GRA layout extension road Otiotio among many others.
A very interesting discovery during the inspection was that the ravaging flood challenge did not affect the roads because they were rigid pavement with up-to seven inches thickness.