NDDC says it didn’t build trending wooden bridge in Bayelsa

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has said the wooden bridge that has been trending since Wednesday, July 22, 2020, as its project was actually a remedial self-help project by the community while awaiting approval of their request before the Commission. 

This clarification came Thursday via a statement issued by the NDDC Corporate Affairs Director, Charles Odili, saying there is no N2.3bn bridge project in Elebele community in Ogbia local council area.

“In the past 48 hours, a digital photograph of a wooden bridge allegedly constructed by the NDDC at Elebele in Ogbia local council area of Bayelsa State has been trending on social media,” the statement said.

“According to the post, the NDDC built the wooden bridge at a cost of N2.3Bn. This is fake news.

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“The Commission hereby declares that it has no such project at Elebele. We have gone through our records for the past 18 years and there is even no contract offer for the construction of a bridge in the community.

“The Elebele community in 2018 sought the assistance of the Commission to rebuild the bridge which had collapsed. The proposal is still going through our system and is presently at the design stage. While awaiting NDDC’s intervention, the community undertook a self-help project and built the wooden bridge. It has no NDDC input. NDDC has not paid out any money for it. In clear terms, this bridge has nothing to do with NDDC.

“We urge our stakeholders to regard the post as part of the propaganda tactics of those who want the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to be scrapped to deny the people of the region, the benefit of infrastructural and economic development. The fake photograph is a follow up to the false allegations and campaigns launched by these detractors of the Niger Delta Development Commission in the news and social media space and even at the recent public hearing by the National Assembly.

“These forces and their spokespersons are not from the Niger Delta. They are enemies of the region. The people of the Niger Delta have lined up behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s ordered forensic audit exercise. That exercise will account for how the projects undertaken by NDDC were done and bring to account those who failed in their responsibilities to the people of the Niger Delta Region.

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“The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC under its current leadership remains committed to ensuring the Commission achieves its core mandate as the interventionist agency for the Niger Delta region and its people.

For the avoidance of doubt, NDDC has some of the best engineers in Nigeria and the quality of their work are world class. Those in doubt should visit the 29-kilometre Ogbia-Nembe Road in Bayelsa, which cuts through the swamps with ten bridges and 99 culverts.

“The road, constructed in partnership with Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, is ready for commissioning,” NDDC said.

Sources disclosed that many communities in the region are bringing up needed projects in their areas to show to the world what the NDDC had failed to do in their areas in the face of whopping sums being bandied in the media as looted.

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has said the wooden bridge that has been trending since Wednesday, July 22, 2020, as its project was actually a remedial self-help project by the community while awaiting approval of their request before the Commission. 

This clarification came Thursday via a statement issued by the NDDC Corporate Affairs Director, Charles Odili, saying there is no N2.3bn bridge project in Elebele community in Ogbia local council area.

“In the past 48 hours, a digital photograph of a wooden bridge allegedly constructed by the NDDC at Elebele in Ogbia local council area of Bayelsa State has been trending on social media," the statement said.

“According to the post, the NDDC built the wooden bridge at a cost of N2.3Bn. This is fake news. READ ALSO:Group to NDDC: Don’t deceive Buhari with invitation to commission N24bn Ogbia-Nembe Road “The Commission hereby declares that it has no such project at Elebele. We have gone through our records for the past 18 years and there is even no contract offer for the construction of a bridge in the community. “The Elebele community in 2018 sought the assistance of the Commission to rebuild the bridge which had collapsed. The proposal is still going through our system and is presently at the design stage. While awaiting NDDC’s intervention, the community undertook a self-help project and built the wooden bridge. It has no NDDC input. NDDC has not paid out any money for it. In clear terms, this bridge has nothing to do with NDDC. “We urge our stakeholders to regard the post as part of the propaganda tactics of those who want the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to be scrapped to deny the people of the region, the benefit of infrastructural and economic development. The fake photograph is a follow up to the false allegations and campaigns launched by these detractors of the Niger Delta Development Commission in the news and social media space and even at the recent public hearing by the National Assembly. “These forces and their spokespersons are not from the Niger Delta. They are enemies of the region. The people of the Niger Delta have lined up behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s ordered forensic audit exercise. That exercise will account for how the projects undertaken by NDDC were done and bring to account those who failed in their responsibilities to the people of the Niger Delta Region. READ ALSO : Cost of corruption in NDDC “The Niger Delta Development Co...


The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has said the wooden bridge that has been trending since Wednesday, July 22, 2020, as its project was actually a remedial self-help project by the community while awaiting approval of their request before the Commission. 

This clarification came Thursday via a statement issued by the NDDC Corporate Affairs Director, Charles Odili, saying there is no N2.3bn bridge project in Elebele community in Ogbia local council area.


The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has said the wooden bridge that has been trending since Wednesday, July 22, 2020, as its project was actually a remedial self-help project by the community while awaiting approval of their request before the Commission. 

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