NDDC to fix failed roads, rules out fresh contracts
The Acting Executive Director Projects of the interim management committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Cairo Ojougboh, yesterday said the commission would fix failed sections on federal roads within the oil-rich region to enable travellers commute without delays during the Yuletide.
Inspecting the failed portions of the East-West and the Benin-Warri roads yesterday in the company of some NDDC engineers, he, however, said that the NDDC wouldn’t award fresh contracts, explaining that the agency would repair the highways on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Works.
His words: “The intervention of the NDDC must follow due process, this qualifies for emergency repairs. Christmas is coming and the traffic is huge. And we must make sure our people travel without pains during the Yuletide.
“We want to go back, put things together and intervene properly. This does not mean that the NDDC will go on a jamboree of emergency projects. The NDDC you have today is a very new NDDC. We will not award new contracts, we will go back to oil legacy contracts that have been abandoned
“We are not here to award contracts. We are here to make Niger Deltans proud and Mr. President proud. The Interim Management Committee is to put the NDDC back on track.”
Ojougboh said “a very competent and big company” would be engaged to do survey and scope of the failed sections and report back.
He stressed that the repair of the Warri-Benin project was not that of NDDC but that of the Federal Ministry of Works, urging those with enquiries to direct same to the ministry.
The official said they would concentrate on the landmark projects of the NDDC, as they would begin fixing of the roads immediately.
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