The Integrity Youth Alliance on Monday knocked the Niger Delta Youth Council (NDYC), accusing them of ignorance.
This was contained in a statement by the National Coordinator of the Alliance, Kelvin Adegbenga, titled, ‘Why Niger Delta Youth Council’s Shallowness Should Be Ignored.’
The statement read, “The Niger Delta Youth Council (NDYC), should have known better that it costs more to build infrastructure in the Niger Delta because of the nature of the land, which is mostly riverine as against the North which has mostly plain dry land
“From our calculation, it will cost about N310million to fix a kilometer of road in the North-Central while in the South-South, it will cost about N1.9billion to fix the same kilometer of road, so the South-South is even benefitting more when you look at the breakdown of the budget.
“We wish to remind the Niger Delta Youth Council that what NNPC Limited is doing should be commended as it is the duty of the Niger Delta Development Commission and the State Government to ensure that the region is developed.
“It is high time Niger Delta Development Commission sit up by concentrating more in developing the Niger Delta region in line with its vision; to offer a lasting solution to the socio-economic difficulties of the Niger Delta Region and to facilitate the rapid and sustainable development of the Niger Delta into a region that is economically prosperous, socially stable, ecologically regenerative and politically peaceful.
“It is on record that the Buhari administration is achieving lots in road rehabilitation and reconstruction through the establishment of the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF), in 2018, to fast-track the completion of critical infrastructure projects. In addition, President Buhari, in January 2019, signed Executive Order 7 (the “Companies Income Tax Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme) which is aimed at attracting PPP financing for road construction across Nigeria. It was through this laudable scheme that infrastructural funding is sourced from the Sukuk Bond.
“The Administration identified and marked out 63 roads across the country, including 44 Federal Highways. These roads which linked up trade, commerce, port, and agricultural centres across the six geopolitical zones of the country were classified under Critical Economic Routes and Agricultural Routes, and accorded budgetary priority.
“The roads include the Benin-Ofosu-Ore Ajebandele-Shagamu Road, Sapele-Ewu Road Sections 1&11, Second Niger Bridge, Onitsha-Enugu Expressway (Amansea-Enugu State Border), Yenegoa Road Junction-Kolo-Otueke-Bayelsa Palm and Bodo-Bonny Road with Bridge.
“Others are the Odukpani-Itu-(Spur Ididep-Itam)-Ikot Ekpene Federal Highway Sections 1&11; Ikom Bridge; Enugu-Port Harcourt Dual Carriageway Sections i-iv; Calabar-Ugep-Katsina-Ala Road; Benin-Ofosu-Ore-Ajebandele-Shagamu Road, Onitsha-Enugu Road (Section 1&11), Enugu-Port Harcourt Road (Sections i-iv), Calabar-Odukpani-Itu Road (Section 1), Calabar-Ugep-Katsina-Ala Road (Sections 1&11), Alesi-Ugup (Iyamoyung-Ugup) Road, Ogoja(Mbok Junction) Abuochichie Road among others, were also among those listed.
“There is no doubt the completion of the reconstruction of these roads will heighten the tempo of National Economic Recovery and achieve one of the cardinal objectives of the Muhammadu Buhari Administration.
“The NNPC Limited is not the one that underdeveloped the Niger Delta so the Niger Delta Youth Council should hold their State Governors responsible, “the statement noted.