NDDC gives contractors 30-day ultimatum to return to site

Abuja, March 21, 2017 (TNE): The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)
has given contractors handling its projects 30 days to return to site and complete projects or face prosecution.

The ultimatum is contained in a statement signed by Mr Chijoke Amu-Nnadi, the commission’s Head of Corporate Affairs on Monday in Abuja.

Amu-Nnadi quoted the Managing Director of NDDC, Mr Nsima Ekere, as saying ”a list of such contractors is being compiled in all the nine oil producing states and defaulters will be prosecuted.”

Ekere said it had become necessary to fast-track ongoing audit of projects awarded in the region, in line with Federal Government’s directives and one of the planks of the new Governing Board’s 4-R Initiative.

The Initiative is to restructure the balance-sheet of the commission and determine poor performing projects.

Ekere said: “President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to change how government business is conducted and everyone must wake up to that reality.

“But beyond that is the fact that we owe the Niger Delta region and our people the duty to implement and complete these projects to facilitate sustainable regional development.

“This is a necessary process to ensure that things are done properly.”

The NDDC boss said the 20-Point Agenda of the Petroleum Ministry with regard to the Niger Delta, as well as the Amnesty Programme, had been reviewed, as well as the 16-point demands of the Pan Niger Delta Forum.

He noted that “it is important to consolidate the agenda with that of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the blueprint of state governments, the amnesty office and the NDDC master plan.

He said there was also the need for the commission to work with the Ministry of Environment and NOSREA to facilitate the Niger Delta clean-up of
affected areas of oil-spill, as well as to encourage International Oil Companies (IOCs)
to provide more power to host communities.

Satellite mapping would be used to identify polluted areas in the region and a comprehensive plan of action adopted to ensure regional clean-up, Ekere said.

“Agriculture and aquaculture are key to facilitating sustainable development in the region, particularly as we seek alternate productive socio-economic activities beyond oil and gas,” he added. (TNE)

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