Obaseki Orders NDDC To Stop Executing Projects
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has ordered contractors of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to immediately stop executing projects or undertaking contracts in the state.
In a statement issued on Friday, Obaseki said the state government is approaching the court to seek an order stopping the federal government agency from embarking on any project in the state without the consent of the state’s Executive Council.
According to the statement, the governor disclosed this while receiving the management team of Seplat Petroleum Company Limited at the Government House, in Benin City, the state capital.
For Obaseki, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has continued to fail the people of the region in the discharge of its responsibilities.
“All NDDC contractors in Edo State are stopped forthwith from undertaking any contract or any work in the state. We want to go back and focus on our priorities. We want to build that Benin/Abraka Road. We are re-awarding that road,” Obaseki said.
“We embarked on a very ambitious project by signing an agreement with the NDCC and Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Areas Development Commission (EDOPADEC), to jointly construct the Benin-Abraka Road. Unfortunately, NDDC, as usual, failed and we are going to Court. We will not allow them to operate in the State except subject to our approving every project.
“They are only to execute projects cleared by the State Executive Council. They can’t come into the state and dictate to us what they want to do here. It’s our money and we will determine what we want, not them telling us what they want to do.”