Section 4 of the East-West route, which runs from the Eleme Roundabout to the Onne Junction, is to be fixed as soon as possible using the Tax Credit Scheme, according to a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and its subsidiaries.
According to him, Nigeria’s largest infrastructure project and one of the most important to his administration is the East-West road project, which is currently being managed by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
This was said by Buhari on Thursday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, as he was giving the keynote address at the meeting’s opening ceremony at the Ibom Icon Hotel and Suites.
Utilizing 21st-century Development Initiatives and Strategies for Greater Development in the Niger Delta was the focus of the event.
The President stated that the project’s completion is “top priority for this administration,” who was represented by Environment Minister Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi.
He said, “The East-West road project which is now being handled by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing is the largest infrastructure project in Nigeria, as it’s very strategic road, connectors the country’s busiest and foremost commercial cities in the region.
“Considering the priority this administration places on the completion of this project, the Ministry of Petroleum has directed NNPC, and it’s subsidiaries to step in and fix section 4 of the East-West road (Eleme Roundabout to Onne Junction), through the Tax Credit Scheme.”
He added that the Niger Delta Development Commission underwent significant reforms under his administration, and that the creation of a new board would result from the phased implementation of the recommendations of the Forensic Audit Report, which he claimed was the desire of the majority of regional stakeholders.
He added,” One of the cardinal mandates of my admissions is to tackle corruption. To this end and in response to the call of the Governors of the South- South geopolitical zone for a Forensic Audit of NDDC from 2000- 2019, the Report of Audit had been submitted and the implementation of its recommendations has commenced in phases.
“I hereby assure you that this process will eventually bring about the Constitution of a new board for the commission, which is the desire of most stakeholders in the region.”
Umana Okon Umana, the council’s chairman and minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, said in his remarks that the annual gathering is a venue for gathering all development partners to discuss “solutions to developmental and socioeconomic issues in the region.” He added that the council, however, was unable to meet in 2021 for a number of compelling reasons.
He said that his government would publish a list of all projects completed by the NDDC in all of the Niger region’s states.
According to Umana, the publication of the compendium was required because certain states believe that the NDDC hasn’t done enough.
The Minister said “We intend to publish a compendium of all completed projects of NDDC in all the states in the Niger Delta region, because some states are saying that NDDC has not done enough.. The perception of people about what is not reported is that nothing has been done, so let people challenge us. When we publish the compendium,” he said.