The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has opened an ultra-modern foot-bridge along the busy Aba Road in Port Harcourt. The bridge, which is now a new landmark in the capital city, is a tube linking the corporate headquarters of the commission to its equally modern car park for staff and visitors.
Performing the ceremony to open the foot-bridge for use, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the commission, Barr. Bassey Dan-Abia, said that the safety of staff and visitors to the NDDC headquarters was a paramount consideration in putting up the structure.
“It is part of our efforts to provide a safe working environment for our staff and make sure that none of them is exposed to unnecessary risk,” he said.
“This is a very magnificent foot-bridge. It is also technically and aesthetically very good. We are going to provide 24-hour security for it to ensure that it will be safe at all times. For now, it will be restricted to NDDC staff until we finish test-running the facility,” Dan-Abia said.
The NDDC Executive Director Projects, Engr. Tuoyo Omatsuli gave assurances that the foot-bridge would be very well maintained, noting that all the facilities such as the lighting and air conditioning would be kept at tip-top shape. He described the foot-bridge as the first of its kind in the South-South region. “The design is unique and on entering the bridge, you will think that you are stepping into a rail station in Europe of America,” he said.