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Court halts NDDC’s N350m road project

 By Simon Ebegbulem

BENIN—THE Federal High Court in Benin has granted an interim injunction restraining the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and the Attorney General of the Federation from continuing with the over N350 million Obe-Umoghun road construction project in Orhionmwon Local Government Council of Edo State.

Others restrained include the Director General of the Bureau of Public Procurement and Askay Construction company.

The injunction was sequel to a suit filed by an indigenous contractor, A. C. Egbe Nigeria Limited, with suit No FHC/B/CS/116/2010.

It would be recalled that the NDDC had earlier awarded the contract to A.C.Egbe, an indigenous contractor, following  request from traditional rulers and elders from the area that the contract should be awarded to an indigenous contractor to enable them monitor its execution properly.

But in a twist, the NDDC revoked the contract and awarded it to a foreign contractor, ASKAY Construction Company.

Consequently, A.C.Egbe headed to the court and the court presided over by Justice Adamu Hobon, ordered the NDDC and others from continuing with the contract, pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice for interlocutory injunction already filed in the suit.


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