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Senate summons NDDC boss, Rep, contractors over abandoned projects

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA — NOT comfortable with the level of abandoned projects of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, by contractors handling some of  the jobs, the Senate has summoned the Managing Director of the Commission, Mr.  Christian Oboh, to appear before it to explain why this must happen.

The Senate has also vowed that it would not open the 2013 budget proposal  for the Commission until it was through with its oversight function on contracts awarded and the level of work done by the contractors.

Also to appear before the Senate Committee on Niger Delta, Wednesday, are the Executive Director, Projects, NDDC, Engr. Edikan Eshett;  Representative for Akwa Ibom State and the contractor, FCC Construction Company that had been accused of abandoning projects especially in Akwa Ibom State.

Speaking, weekend, when he led members of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta on Oversight, Chairman of the Committee, Senator James Manager, PDP, Delta South, said that the government was in a hurry to deliver, especially with President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda, adding that if not for due process, the Committee would have revoked some of the contracts.

He noted that the National Assembly would recommend that jobs should be taken from those he termed unserious contractors, who were not ready to work and given to those who are prepared to deliver.

“2013 budget is with us and we have not opened a single page because we need to see the projects. Whatever our findings are, we will present them on the floor of the Senate,” Senator Manager said.

The contractors were also accused of collecting contracts, and subletting them to others. They collect the percentage without bothering whether the jobs were done or not.


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