By Paul Emenike
Oct. 2, 2019
The House of Representatives Committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on Wednesday commenced an inspection tour of uncompleted NDDC projects in the Niger Delta.
The tour is part of efforts to by the house to stop the commission from abandoning projects it had embarked on in communities in the Niger Delta.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent touring the projects with the lawmakers reports that the committee members inspected many abandoned projects, including roads and bridges.
Among the projects inspected by the lawmakers are the Federal University, Otuoke in Bayelsa and a 16km road, the contract of which was awarded in 2012.
Other projects include, an orthopaedic centre, children and maternity hospital at Otuoke and a 14km market access road, the contract of which was awarded in 2016.
Also inspected were the 4km Bayelsa Palm-Otuoke Road project and the Afa Bridge, the contract of which was awarded in 2010, among other abandoned projects.
The member representing Ogbia Federal Constituency, Mr Fred Obua, who led the inspection team, told reporters that the inspection was necessary to ensure that the abandoning of projects was curtailed.
“Here we are in Bayelsa State. We have moved round and have seen the level of work and uncompleted projects. We gathered that most of the projects were uncompleted, due to financial difficulties.
“We are assuring the people that appropriate measures will be taken to bring the contractors back to site. For the erring contractors, we advise them to desist from abandoning contracts awarded to them,” Obua said.
One of the contractors, Mr Jeremiah Menidien, said he was ready to complete the work assigned to him, noting however, that some projects had been reasonably handled.
“Otuebum community sand filling has been done, while we await for fund for compensation of those that have houses along the road,” he stated.
A Yenagoa resident, Mr Titus Adikumor, told NAN that the construction of Akenfa Bridge in Yenagoa Local Government Area, the contract of which was awarded in 2010 had been abandoned.
“We are appealing to the Federal Government to come to fast-track action so that all the projects can be completed, especially the Akenfa Bridge,’’ he pleaded
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