Barrister Alloysius Nwagboso, the Abia State Representative on the newly inaugurated Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has assured the good people of Abia State of accelerated infrastructural development.
Barrister Nwagboso made the promise during the Environmental Impact Assessment of the proposed 23 kilometre Agwati-Obokwe-Umukechi-Urata-Urata Junction in Ukwa West and Ossisioma Local Government Areas of Abia State.
According to Nwagboso, “The two road projects, the Obokwe-Umukechi-Urata-Urata Junction and the Umutukwor-Umuzu-Ariaria Junction Roads were some of the road projects I tried to see through during my first appointment into the NDDC board. One has been awarded and the other is yet to be awarded. I will ensure that the other road project in the area is awarded to benefit the people of these communities.”
Commending the people of the area for their comments during the occasion, the Abia State Rep said: “The whole essence of NDDC building a project in any oil producing communities is for them to benefit but if that community is not going to benefit because of environmental issues, then that issue is better addressed during the environmental impact assessment.”
Speaking further, he said: “I have listened carefully to issues raised which bordered basically on compensation on farmlands, building etc, I am happy to assure you that all these issues fall within bid one on our contract document and we have to get it right because if these things are not well captured in the design drawings then it becomes a problem for the contractor to pay compensation for items not included in the contract sum.”
The Abia State Rep therefore advised the two consultants handling the road designs to go back to site to correct whatever defect that needs to be corrected.
The representative of the Minister of Environment, Mr. Ambrose Erege also assured the people of Ukwa West and Osisioma of the ministry’s determination to ensure that the right things are done to bring lasting development to the people of Abia State.