|R-L Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, Dr. Chris Oboh, Senate Commitee Chairman on Niger Delta, Senator James Manager, Sen. Heniken Lokpobiri, and Sen. Hope Uzodinma inspecting the Igbiri-Abibo-Oba-Okuruama link road and Bridges Projects, Rivers State, during the committee's oversight function on the Commission's projects.|
Chairman of the Committee, Senator James Manager who stated this during an inspection tour of the project as part of their oversight function described the project as a job well done urging the Commission and Contractor to maintain the tempo.
The Committee however expressed displeasure over the slow pace of work at the Igbiri-Abbibo-Oba Road and bridges linking Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Briefing the Committee, NDDC Managing Director, Dr. Christian Oboh regretted the development and advocated an amendment to the NDDC Act that will enable stiffer penalty to erring Contractors.
“We have seen that this Contractor is not working, the next thing they do is to ask for variation, using powerful Nigerians to mount pressure on us, meanwhile the Communities are suffering, NDDC cannot continue this way” he lamented.
Dr. Oboh therefore summoned the Contractor to meet with NDDC Management, immediately, warning “if in another two months you cannot show a reasonable commitment to deliver this project, we will be forced to re-assign it”.