Reps inspect abandoned, uncompleted NDDC projects
The relevant committee of the House of Representatives has begun inspection of abandoned and uncompleted projects of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in Bayelsa State.
They include the Federal University of Otuoke’s (FUO) internal 16-kilometre road awarded in 2012 but reviewed to a six-kilometre highway in Ogbia Local Council of the state.
The member representing Ogbia Federal Constituency, Fred Obua, who led the inspection team, said the exercise was to arrest the unpleasant development.
His words: “Here we are in Bayelsa, we have moved round and have seen the level of work and uncompleted projects. We have gathered that most of the projects were uncompleted due to financial difficulties.
“We are assuring the people in the area that appropriate measures will be taken to bring the contractors back to site. As for the erring ones, we urge them to adjust.”
A contractor, Jeremiah Menidien, said he was ready to complete work, noting that some projects had gone far
He said: “In Otuebum community, sand filling has been done on most of the roads, while we await for fund for compensation of those that have houses along the road.”
A resident, Titus Adikumor, told the committee that the Akenfa bridge in Yenagoa Local Council, awarded in 2010, had been abandoned for close to a decade.
“We are appealing to the Federal Government to fast-track action to that all the projects are completed, especially the Akenfa bridge that links us to other villages.”
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