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NDDC warns contractors, inspects projects in Abia

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has warned contractors working for it to brace up and discharge their obligations fully as the Commission will no longer pay for jobs that are not verified and certified.

The warning came from the NDDC Acting Managing Director, Gbene Dr. Joi Nunieh while inspecting projects, which included the multi-billion erosion control project in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State; erosion control, solar water, and a health center.

The inspection team, led by the NDDC Chief Executive Officer, included the representative of Bende Federal Constituency and member of the House Committee on NDDC, Hon Okezie Kalu; the NDDC Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Chief Ibanga Bassey Etang and other directors of the Commission.

Nunieh stressed the need to intensify the efforts of the commission with respect to supervision and inspection to facilitate the speedy completion of on-going projects in the nine states covered by the NDDC.

She noted that the inspection was necessary to ensure that development projects in rural communities were properly executed for the benefit of the people, warning that unnecessary delays would not be tolerated.

Inspecting the erosion control works at Bende Road in Umuahia, Nunieh expressed displeasure over the slow pace of work on the project and ordered that the NDDC consultant be relieved of his duties for not being firm in dealing with the contractor.

A project brief of the erosion control, awarded in 2012, showed that it would provide massive retaining walls of 4.5 meters and 7.5 meters, spanning 200 meters. According to the scope, it would involve earth filling of about 160,000 meters.

It further showed that the project would provide reinforced concrete works, including drains, culverts and catch pits. It also includes stone pitching of the erosion site to an accessible gradient.

Furthermore, the erosion works would be complemented by the reconstruction of the 1-kilometer adjoining road.

The NDDC team also inspected the Isieke-Ajatah Road being threatened by erosion in Umuahia North Local Government Area, where Nunieh said she was worried that the project appeared to have been abandoned.

Other projects inspected by the NDDC team were the completed solar water project at Ndiwo Itumbauza in Bende, which was not functional and a similar one at Etiti Ulo, as well as a health center in Nkalakwu.

Credit: P.M News

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