Senate drills NDDC boss, contractors

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By Henry Umoru

ABUJA—THE Senate, yesterday, condemned  the management of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, over what it termed its failure to know and identify some of its contractors, just as it warned that serious action must be taken for projects in the Niger Delta region to work.

The Senate also threatened that if the Management of NDDC, was not prepared to know the contractors that carry out projects for the commission,  as lawmakers, they were ready to carry out the job, adding that the region was yearning for development.

Speaking in Abuja, when the Managing Director of NDDC, Mr. Christian Oboh; the Executive Director, Projects; the Group Managing Director of Fountain Construction and Company Limited, FCC, Emilio Magoni and other management staff appeared before the Senate Committee on Niger Delta, Chairman of the Committee, Senator James Manager, (Delta South), frowned at the Commission’s failure to monitor and evaluate the construction companies hence the abandoned projects in the zone.

Senator Manager, however, set up a three- member committee with Senator Heineken Lokpobiri (PDP, Bayelsa West) as Chairman, and to represent the South- South and other members are Senator Hope Uzodinma (PDP, Imo West for South-East) and Senator Boluwaji Kunlere (LP, Ondo for South- West) while the Committee is saddled with the responsibility of having an interface with NDDC, the contractors and the people of the zone, where the projects are sited and it was given three weeks to submit its report.

Senator Manager said: “We will set up a small committee to meet with you to find a solution to this mess. The new committee is expected to turn in its report in three weeks.”

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