By Emma Arubi
In a bid to tackle the housing shortfall in the Coastal Communities in Delta State, Chevron-created Itsekiri Regional Development Committee, IRDC, has awarded contract for the construction of 70 housing units for 23 oil and gas producing and impacted communities.
Making this disclosure, during a brief ceremony to mark the formal signing of the contract at the IRDC Secretariat in Warri, Chairman of Itsekiri Regional Development Committee, Mr. Mofe Pirah, explained that the choice of providing more housing units for the 23 oil and gas producing and impacted communities was reached after due consultation because of the absence of good and habitable accommodation problems confronting the riverine communities.
Stating that the Council had put the necessary machinery in place to ensure that the contractors adhere strictly to standard, IRDC boss tasked the contractors to deliver the projects in four months, warning that the Council will not make any variation to the jobs and that enough money had been put in place to ensure successful completion of the jobs.
According to him, out of 100 contractors that went through the bidding process, 58 came out successful after rigorous scrutiny.
Chairman of Project Review Committee, Mr. Ayodele Daniel, said that one of the IRDC policies is to encourage indigenous contractors and tasked them to ensure a high standard in the execution of the projects.