Sunday, March 4, 2012

Tension in NDDC over missing projects in 2011 budget

2 March 2012

PORT HARCOURT:   THERE is tension in the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and this time, the missing Advance Payment Guarantee, APGs, job files are at the root of it all.

Some contractors of the Commission under the aegis of Oil Producing Areas Contractors Association, were the first to raise alarm on the issue when they paid a courtesy visit on the Managing Director of the Commission, Dr Chris Oboh.

In their separate comments, Chairman of the Oil Producing Areas Contractors Association, Elder Ernest Egbe and a member of the group, Mrs Gladys Amos drew the attention of the Managing Director to matters of missing job files and APGs.  They enjoined him to take urgent steps to tackle the issue. They also expressed dissatisfaction with delay in issuance of Interim Medium Payment Certificate, IPC, by the new management of the Commission.   While  pledging their willingness to work with the new board to achieve its mandate of developing the region, they appealed to it to endeavour to address the problems raised. Barely two weeks later, another group, Niger Delta Contractors Association, NDCA said some jobs that were in the 2010 budget of the Commission had been removed.  Engineer Anderson Braide who spoke for the body at a media parley said contractors were surprised that the jobs which were in the 2010 budget did not make it in the 2011 budget.  According to him, contractors had been mobilised for some of the jobs and had been on site.  He further expressed strong fears that the ugly development would lead to abandoned projects all over the region.

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