Contractors who wantÂ to continue in Â Â Â the old ways of doing business at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) should have aÂ rethink, according to the NDDC MD/CEO, Mr, Chibuzor Ugwoha. Speaking atÂ an interactive session with representatives of the commissionâ€™s contractors, last Thursday in Port Harcourt, Ugwoha said: â€œUnlike the past, we shall not tolerate delay. We will not allow any contractor that failsÂ to deliver to continue to stay with us.â€
The MD stressed that the days when contractors cited community and youth disturbances as reasons to come short of set milestones were over because strategies for conflict containment would have been part of the robust profiles contractors flaunted while bidding for the jobs.
Instead, he advised contractors to evolve strategies that would align the goal of infrastructural development of the Niger Delta with the aspirations of their host communities.Â He said: â€œWe have told the youths that we need a peaceful atmosphere for development to thrive but we must also try and encourage that peace by taking the youths along in anything that we do and one way of achieving this is to use every contract award as an opportunity for job creation and skills acquisition.â€
The NDDC boss statedÂ that the commission would do everything including bringing in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the event of serious breaches on the part of any contractor. He therefore enjoined the contractors to show greater commitment to the development of the Niger Delta by executing their jobs well and fast too.
â€œThe idea of dropping an equipment on site and abandoning it, thereby creating problems, is over. You must mobilize in full force and deliver promptly on your contract termsâ€, he said. Ugwoha stressed that a contractor risks being blacklisted if a road he built fails shortly after completion.