BEVERLY HILLS, November 21, (THEWILL) – Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has said the state government would approach the court to seek an order stopping the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from executing projects or undertaking contracts in the state.
The Governor disclosed this while receiving the management team of Seplat Petroleum Company Limited at the Government House, in Benin City, the state capital.
In a statement on Friday, Obaseki said the state government asked NDDC to immediately stop any project without the consent of the state’s Executive Council.
The Governor said, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has continued to fail the people of the region in the discharge of its responsibilities.
“All NDDC contractors in Edo State are stopped forthwith from undertaking any contract or any work in the state. We want to go back and focus on our priorities. We want to build that Benin/Abraka Road. We are re-awarding that road”, Obaseki said.
“We embarked on a very ambitious project by signing an agreement with the NDCC and Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Areas Development Commission (EDOPADEC), to jointly construct the Benin-Abraka Road. Unfortunately, NDDC, as usual, failed and we are going to Court. We will not allow them to operate in the State except subject to our approving every project.
“They are only to execute projects cleared by the State Executive Council. They can’t come into the state and dictate to us what they want to do here. It’s our money and we will determine what we want, not them telling us what they want to do”, he added.