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NDDC gives contractors 30 days to return to site


Nsima Ekere

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has given contractors handling its projects across the region 30 days to return to site to complete the projects or face prosecution.

Rising from an inter-ministerial meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja at the weekend, the Managing Director of NDDC, Mr. Nsima Ekere, said, “a list of such contractors is being compiled in all the nine NDDC states and defaulters would be prosecuted.”

Ekere said it had become imperative to fast-track the on going audit of the projects awarded in the region, in line with Federal Government’s directives and the new governing board’s 4-R Initiative.

This, he, said, is “to restructure the balance sheet of the commission and determine poor performing projects.” He declared: “It is important for our contractors to realise that it can’t be business as usual. 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, in order to facilitate sustainable regional
development to ensure that things are done properly.”

Ministers of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Environment, Niger Delta and Information and Culture, as well as Ministers of State for Petroleum and Environment and the Presidential Amnesty office, also attended the meeting.

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