Gov Obaseki Orders Stoppage of All NDDC Projects in Edo, See Why

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Gov Obaseki Orders Stoppage of All NDDC Projects in Edo, See Why
Nwolu Obiajulu

Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki has ordered contractors executing projects of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to immediately cease work in the state, African News Today gathered.

Obaseki who disclosed this when the management of Seplat Petroleum Company paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Benin City, said the NDDC has continued to fail the people of the region in the execution of its mandates.

The governor added that the state government would be approaching the court to seek an order stopping the NDDC from executing any project in the state without the permission of the state’s Executive Council.

He 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.

“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.”

Recall that Obaseki had made similar move against the NDDC when he allegedly, through his ally, a lawyer, approached the court stopping the inauguration of the then NDDC team constituted by President Muhammadu Buhari.

It forced the President to reconstitute the NDDC team, allowing an interim committee to oversee the activities of the commission.

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