President Muhammadu Buhari commission’s the new NDDC headquarters 26 years after it’s foundation was laid.
It was a thing of joy today as the newly built NDDC headquarters situated in the eastern bye pass axis of Rivers State was commissioned today by the President and Commander-in- Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari.
Citizens Quest crew led by her President/Convener covered the event and confirmed that It was an event widely attended by politicians, captains of industries, leaders of the Niger Delta Region and traditional rulers.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, His Excellency, Senator Godswill Akpabio in his remarks commended President Buhari for commissioning the completed NDDC headquarters in Portharcourt, Rivers State, after corruption led to its abandonment for decades.
In the words of the Minister “you all will recall that until the completion of the project, the NDDC was paying 300 million naira annually for its rented headquarters.
You will also recall that In 1994, when the groundbreaking for the NDDC headquarters was carried out it was OMPADEC at the time. Twenty six (26) years, and with 17 Chief Executives later, it has fallen on President Buhari to COMPLETE and COMMISSION the NDDC HQ building says Senator Akpabio. “When I was appointed Minister of the Niger Delta, Mr. President gave marching orders that this project must be completed… It is another milestone which evidences the commitment of Mr President to the development of Nigeria particularly the Niger Delta region”, he said.
The minister also went ahead to reveal the corruption that have plaqued the Commission before the arrival of President Buhari. “I want to also tell us that for 15 years the rented NDDC headquarter was not connected to national grid, so they can give out contracts for diesel. That became a racket on its own.”
Sen. Akpabio also said that when he visited the NDDC building project site after he became Niger Delta Minister in 2019, he was told that no Minister or Chief Executive of the Commission have ever visited the site since 1996.
Citizens Quest is very proud to be part of this achievement in record time.