THE Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Usani, has commissioned the 6.55 kilometers Atimbo – Akpabuyo road constructed as part of his ministry’s contribution to the development of the community.
At the inauguration in Calabar, Cross River State, Usani said the Atimbo – Akpabuyo road links Calabar to Bakassi Local Government Area through Akpabuyo Local Government Area was imperative in order to alleviate the suffering of the people who ply the road.
According to him, the road, which was constructed by two contractors simultaneously for quick completion, was in fulfillment of the plan of the present administration to provide at least one project in every local government area in the nine Niger Delta states.
He therefore charged residents of Atimbo community in Calabar Municipality Local Government Area to prevail on the concerned authorities to contribute their respective quota to the development of the community.
He noted that if every segment of government contributes its quota, the nation would achieve more in terms of development.
He said: “As the Federal Government goes on to intervene in different areas, I wish we all understand that there is a limit to which it can intervene in all sectors of our public lives.
”Constitutionally, there are provisions for exclusive list items and concurrent list items, which means every tier of government – federal, state and local, has its own responsibility.
“As you urge us to do more, l also urge you to urge the state, LGAs and private sector to carry out their own commitments because we are all supposed to be partners in progress.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Paramount Ruler of Calabar Municipal, Dr Patrick Inok, lauded the efforts of the minister for the rehabilitation of the road, saying this was what was expected from a seasoned beaurucrat.
The monarch said the road would enable farmers to bring out their produce to the market, adding that this would translate to economic benefit for the people of the state.
He appealed to the minister to consider the rehabilitation of roads in the hinterlands as this would further make it easier for movement of persons and goods.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Aminu Bisalla, who was represented by Mrs Lauren Braide, said the project was a testament of the Federal Government’s commitment to developing the Niger Delta. He advised the community to support the maintenance of the road for the benefit of the people.