The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has reaffirmed the need to restructure Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), emphasising that such will motivate the growth of the South-South region.
Obaseki declared this during a meeting with the South-South Zone Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Government House in Benin City.
As indicated by him, “In the South-South, we must stand up to defend ourselves economically, politically and security-wise. We have pretenders in the region who try to exploit the region and we must stop them.”
The Governor disclosed that the region is facing hindered development due to failure to utilise its resources for its growth.
He said, “The current structure of the NDDC has caused underdevelopment in the region, with the federal government not showing any concern.
“What is going on in NDDC today is totally untenable. NDDC can’t do any work in Edo and other states in the South-South. You can’t use the resources meant for the region to develop other regions of the country.”
Obaseki showed concern that “the federal government seems not to care about the scandals associated with NDDC.
“We have enough money in the region to build infrastructure and revive the economy. We can do it ourselves by stopping the interference.”
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