NDDC to consult Rivers State Government before execution of projects

By Ifunanya Obeme-Ndukwe

A State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has subjected the Niger Delta Development Commission to always seek the consent of the Rivers State government before execution of any project in parts of the state. This was the Judgment of Justice Adolphus Enebeli in a suit by Governor Nyesom Wike, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Rivers State against the NDDC, its former Managing Director, Nsema Ekere and former Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Derick Meene and others Which was instituted in 2017.

Justice Enebeli in his Judgment in the matter granted a declaration sought by the claimants that under Rivers State Physical planning law, state land law, Urban Development law, the NDDC or it’s agent have no power to claim any land or execute any project including a street light, water, road seasure, Matty, and other infrastructures in any part of Rivers State without the consent of the Government.

The court however refused to grant the declaration sought by the claimants to invalidate or void section 7 and 8 of the NDDC act which touched on the developmental map of the nine states of the Niger Delta region. Justice Enebeli with reference to sixty planned projects by NDDC Which led to the suit, ruled that the projects if allowed to be executed will affect urban development and use of land act of Rivers State and so ruled on the need to seek the consent of the state government for the execution of such project.

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