Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, has reiterated that the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, did not keep to the terms of agreement as regards the construction of the mother and child hospital in the state. Wike, took to Twitter yesterday, to condemn the mode of operation of the Commission, stressing that there is no synergy between the commission and the state government due its control by the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Excerpts of his tweets: NDDC is like a state on its own without working with the State government and why is it so. It is so because the states of NDDC are controlled by the opposition party therefore there is no need to consult with them.
“In a bid to ensure NDDC does not embark on indiscriminate execution of projects that often distort the state developmental agenda, RSG recently obtained a court order that prohibits the commission from carrying out projects without the consent of the state government.
“National Assembly should be resolute in its oversight function by ensuring that the NDDC stops frittering the resources meant for the development of the Niger Delta region on building roads in Army barracks, police stations .
“NDDC fraudulently duped us over the Mother and Child hospital. They duped us. They had an agreement with the State government to build a regional hospital called Mother and Child hospital.
“NDDC mobilised the contractor with N400 million of the N800 million we brought and then abandoned the contractor and the contractor left site.
“And when we came on board, we said okay, we don’t want to partner with you again, give us back our N400 million , it became a problem. Politics came in.
“I want the best for my people. They have given me everything in life, so I owe them. It is not what I will make, they have already made me. So what do I offer back.
” I urge the National Assembly to ensure that planned amendment of the Electoral Act will usher in a new era of free and fair elections.
“There cannot be development without good governance. There cannot be good governance without the rule of law. Good governance without the rule of cannot work.”