NNPCL commissions N24.5 Billion Ogbia-Nembe Road In Bayelsa State

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As part of the one-year anniversary of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPC Ltd) and its joint venture partners have inaugurated the Ogbia-Nembe Road in Bayelsa State. The road, which costs N24.5 Billion, was developed in collaboration with the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

 

The 25.7-kilometre road, featuring seven bridges and five culverts, connects 14 communities through mangrove forests. This infrastructure aims to improve transportation and stimulate economic growth in the region.

 

Minister of the Niger Delta, Engineer Abubakar Momoh, representing President Tinubu at the ceremony in Nembe, highlighted that the project aligns with the President’s “Renewed Hope Agenda”. He called for more partnerships between oil companies and government agencies to drive development.

 

NNPC Chief Upstream Investment Officer, Mr Bala Wunti, represented by Mr Obinna Aralu, praised the project’s completion. He emphasised that the road represents progress, better connectivity, and increased opportunities for the local population.

 

Mr Osagie Okunbor, Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company and Country Chairman of Shell Companies in Nigeria, noted the road’s potential to connect communities to city centres, boost economic activities, and reduce reliance on river transport. He reiterated Shell’s commitment to such collaborative projects.

 

Dr Samuel Ogbuku, Managing Director of the NDDC, stated that the commission is focused on completing projects that meet the urgent needs of Niger Delta communities. He commended all partners involved in the successful delivery of the road.

 

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, represented by his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, also applauded the NDDC, NNPC Ltd, and its partners for their contributions to the project.

 

The ceremony was attended by many dignitaries, including the Senate Committee Chairman on Niger Delta, Senator Asuquo Ekpeyong, and the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the Niger Delta, Honourable Erhiatake Ibori-Senu.

 

Traditional leaders, such as King Edmund Daukoru, the Amayanabo of Nembe Kingdom, and King Dumaro Charles Owaba III, the Obanobhan of Ogbia Kingdom, also graced the event. Their presence underscored the project’s significance to the local communities.

 

The completion of the Ogbia-Nembe Road marks a major step in improving infrastructure and promoting sustainable development in the Niger Delta. It stands as a testament to the power of partnerships between government bodies and private companies.

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