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Kalu tasks NDDC to extend developmental projects to Abia community



Benjamin Kalu

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Benjamin Kalu has tasked the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to ensure even spread of developmental projects to Ukwa community in Abia State.

He further said that the nine states making up the NDDC should not be neglected

Kalu said this during an interactive session with the delegation from Ukwa People’s Consultative Council led by its President General Don Ubani in Abuja

The states are Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers.

Kalu expressed worry over the concerns raised by the delegation on the “undue marginalisation of Ukwa as an oil producing Community”.


He said there was need to ensure equal spread of intervention projects of the NDDC across the nine states.

According to him, the area is known for oil production and the status of Abia State as a member of NDDC came as a result of its ability to produce oil and gas from Ukwa.

“Interestingly, some of the things you mentioned have been my concerns in the 9th Assembly, in regards to the spread of intervention programmes of the NDDC across the nine states.

He said this led to the first visit of the acting MD that toured Abia, Imo and other states.

Kalu said he insisted that the tour was necessary, to have a proper update of their presence in various parts of the states.


This, according to him, is to be able to establish whether or not, the report they see on papers is the same thing on ground.

“I totally agree with you that, what we have in Abia, as an oil producing state and as a member of NDDC, comparatively speaking, is below average, in terms of developmental interventions.

“A call from the stakeholders that an improvement should take place, is definitely not a wrong call.

The deputy Speaker commended the leadership of Ukwa community for holding their youths and in spite the fact that the development interventions were below average.

He said they kept their heads peacefully and allowed all the IOCs handle their operations peacefully in those communities.


Earlier, Ubani who led the delegation, solicited the support of the House leadership towards ensuring equity and fair distribution of developmental projects to Ukwa community.

He said a time had existed in this system where the entire South East was shut-out, but under the present administration, at least the people have been given a sense of belonging

He said farmers in Ukwa federal constituency could not farm effectively because the fertility of the soil had been diminished due to oil exploration and exploitation.

“Let there be manifestation of concern on the part of NDDC. Nothing so far has given us course to be happy as oil producing area.

“We need to avoid situation that will create youth restiveness and the best way to do it is to make sure that there’s development, ” he said.



Woman Killed As Police Enforce Okada Ban In Lagos



The residents of Santos, a suburb community in Lagos were on Tuesday agitated over the death of a yet-to-be-identified woman who was said to have been crushed by a truck in the Abule- Egba Area of Lagos.

It was gathered that the police team was out to enforce the ban on commercial motorcycles in that axis of Lagos when the unfortunate incident that claimed her life happened.

Confirming the incident, Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, a Superintendent of Police posted on his handle, “Preliminary investigation reveals that earlier today at about 10: 30hrs at Santos Avenue, Abule Egba, police officers on legitimate enforcement of the existing ban on motorcycles in Lagos State were about to be mobbed by motorcycle riders.

“To preserve the lives of the officers and equally rule out casualties on the side of the riders, teargas was justifiably used to disperse the crowd.

“A passenger in a tricycle, witnessing the use of teargas ahead, panicked and jumped out of the tricycle. Sadly, an approaching Leyland tipper, with registration number AAB 376 CB, being driven recklessly, ran over her.”


It was further gathered that the driver of the tipper absconded from the scene while the vehicle was recovered.

He added that contact has also been established with the family of the deceased while, a full investigation into the incident has commenced.

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Destruction of Public Utilities: Enugu Govt summons contractors



Peter Mbah

Enugu State Government has summoned contractors involved in laying of fibre optic cables and road constructions over alleged destruction of public utilities in the process.

They are expected to meet government officials at the Office of the Secretary to the State Government at Abuja Building, Government House, Enugu on Monday.

The invitation is contained in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Chidiebere Onyia in Enugu.

Onyia said the state government decried incessant damage of public utilities by some contractors in the state.

According to him, the government has observed with dismay the indiscriminate destruction of public utilities such as water pipes, electric cables and roads by contractors and contract workers in the course of laying of fibre optic cables.


Others are road construction, mounting of billboards and other activities that required digging or drilling in Enugu State.

“The government is hereby issues a stern warning that such destructions or damages will be treated as gross acts of economic sabotage for which the offenders shall be sanctioned with fines for full restoration of the damaged facilities.

“In addition, the perpetrators will face prosecution,” Onyia said.

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