Contractors handling various projects for the Niger Delta Development Commission have been warned to be weary of fraudsters who ask for monetary inducement in the pretense of facilitating their payments.
Acting Managing Director of the Commission, Dr. Christy Atako gave the warning at a meeting with contractors handling the 75 mega projects approved by the Federal Executive Council in 2012.
“It has come to my notice that a few unscrupulous individuals are trying to defraud our contractors by asking for a percentage of their due payments before such payments are made”.
She advised contractors to always report such matters to the Commission or appropriate agencies for immediate action. “These are fraudsters and their actions must be called what it is” she said.
Assuring contractors of prompt payment of well executed projects, the NDDC Boss said “it has being my considered commitment, since my appointment, to ensure that projects that meet our standards and
specifications are paid promptly, if they meet the mandate given by government for such payment”.
This, she explained informed her tireless visits to project sites to determine the veracity of claims before payment.
“If we are this careful, then you must realize that the onus is on you to meet our expectation, not the dubious demands of fraudsters before payments are made".
Dr Atako therefore, advised the contractors to return to site and implement projects with expected milestones and within specification instead of hanging around NDDC offices looking for who will help them move files.
She warned that the Commission will not hesitate to take action against any of the contractors that fails to heed the directive, wondering why the contractors particularly those handling the 75 mega projects approved by the Federal Executive Council failed to mobilize to site after collecting mobilization.