The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has urged young people and other stakeholders to look forward to the completion of other abandoned projects in the area in the new year.
Acting NDDC Administrator Dr Effiong Akwa said this during a virtual meeting with hundreds of stakeholders from the nine states of the Niger Delta and the Diaspora.
During the meeting, Akwa said the NDDC, under the supervision of the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio will complete abandoned power projects, dormitories, among others.
Akwa, represented at the meeting by the special adviser on youth and sports, Udengs Eradiri, particularly emphasized the completion of the transmission substation in the Okitipupa region of Ondo State.
He said that once completed, the transmission station will provide electricity to more than 2,000 communities in six local government areas in Ondo state.
Akwa explained that efforts will be made to complete another transmission line in the Ikot Abasi region of Akwa Ibom state.
He said that more dormitories will be built according to the task assigned by President Muhammadu Buhari to finish abandoned people-oriented projects and put them to use.
The NDDC boss said the committee will work on completing the abandoned dormitories at Niger Delta University (NDU) in Bayelsa state.
He said the NDDC would build a replica of the Lagos State boat terminals in the Niger Delta to facilitate water transportation and urged young people to prepare for a sports festival and talent hunt in 2022.
He said: “This year more hostels will be completed because we are looking at projects that directly impact the lives of the people of the region. We are going to be building boat terminals in the region.
“It is difficult for people to go to the waterfront and have somewhere they can go and relax, buy tickets and board their boats in the Niger Delta. But if you go to Lagos, you will see boat terminals in most areas in Lagos. That kind of terminal is what we will be bringing in.
“Soon, we should be inaugurating the power project in Ondo State that is meant to power six local government areas. There is another power project in Eket and it will be concluded.
“During the forensic audit, it was discovered that the NDDC had a lot of equipment abandoned in the ports for years. And we have put machinery in place to get the equipment and ensure the other power projects are completed.”