Okowa tasks NDDC on bill of quantities for better roads
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday, urged the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to put more emphasis on its Bill of Quantities (BOQ) to enable its road projects to last longer.
Okowa stated this at Idumuje-Unor, Aniocha North Council of the state during a reception organised for Justice Samuel Chukwudumebi Oseji on his elevation to Justice of the Supreme Court.
The governor who was reacting to an appeal by the community to prevail on the NDDC to complete the Onicha-Uku/Idumuje-Unor Road awarded since 2012, said there was the need for a review of the contract, as the value of the naira had weakened over the years.
“Let me use this occasion to congratulate our brother, who has made us proud because there are so many judges out there. I am glad to be here again at Idumuje-Unor, as the community honours one of its own, who God has elevated as a Justice of the Supreme Court.
Okowa, who recalled that he visited the community for the first time to inaugurate the Idumuje-Ugboko/Idumuje-Unor road, congratulated the community for mobilising its indigenes for the event, adding: “I have taken note of your requests.”
He charged all communities to rise up and use opportunities like the reception to make requests for the development of their areas, insisting that most roads built by the NDDC do not last due to lack of an inappropriate bill of quantities.
MEANWHILE, the South-South Emerging Leaders Forum (SELF) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Effiong Akwa as Sole Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Its National Coordinator, Preye Johnson, said in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, that the president acted in line with the NDDC Act.
Johnson also commended the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, for doing the right thing within the confines of the law.
The forum appealed to those protesting against the appointment to give peace a chance for the development of the region.
It argued that this was not the first time a Sole Administrator was being appointed for the NDDC, adding that in 2015, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, appointed Ibim Semenitari, an Ijaw woman as Sole Administrator of the NDDC after sacking the Dan Abia-led management.
“Our appeal to the Niger Delta people is to support the new leadership of the NDDC to deliver on its mandate and supervise the completion of the on-going forensic audit, as earlier directed by the Federal Government,’’ it added.