Interim Administrator Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr. Effiong Akwa, Wednesday, commissioned the NDDC Staff Cooperatives Snow-blue Water Factory in Port Harcourt and also unveiled the firm’s banking app.
Director, Corporate Affairs of the NDDC, Dr. Ibitoye Abosede, in a press statement, Thursday, said during the ceremony, Akwa hailed the initiative of the cooperative society, noting that it would rob off positively on the people of the Niger Delta region.
The Chief Executive Officer commended the leadership of the cooperative for being innovative and providing employment for many persons, thus giving residents of the Niger Delta region a source of livelihood.
He noted: “This is the first time that the NDDC is commissioning a project that will generate funds for the Cooperative. It is also commendable for giving jobs to 56 persons. Henceforth, the Snowblue Water will be the official water in all NDDC offices in the nine Niger Delta states.
“I am very happy that we intervene to resolve the dispute in the Cooperative. What I saw in the factory is very encouraging and I am confident that the water business will be a huge success. People who stay within the vicinity of the factory will be provided with a good road.”
In his address, the President of NDDC Port Harcourt Staff Cooperative Investment and Credit Society Ltd, Mr. Paul Emerhana, explained that Snowblue Bottling water factory was a special purpose vehicle, owned by the staff of the Commission.
He declared: “This project is a direct product of devotion, commitment to strategy and sacrifice by stakeholders. The foundation stone of this facility was laid on June 30, 2021. We are proud to inform co-operators that over 80 percent of the total cost of this facility came from members’ savings and every equipment in this facility is state-of-the-art.”
In another development, the NDDC has also flagged off the re-construction of the 9-kilometre Obehie Junction – Okeikpe Road in Ukwa West local government area of Abia state, which the commission boss assured would soon be completed.