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Senate Queries NDDC Over N240m 1.5km Road Project

Posted: Mar 14, 2016 at 12:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs was shocked at the weekend in Aba, Abia State when it came across a 1.5-kilometre single-lane road project awarded at the cost of N240 million in 2012 by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and yet abandoned by contractor after collection of full payment.

Consequently, the committee led by its Chairman, Peter Nwaoboshi, has directed NDDC management to unfailingly fish out all those involved in the award of the outrageous contract and the absconded contractor for needed sanctions.

He demanded explanations on why the contract was not only awarded at such huge cost but also fully paid for.

He decried the development, insisting that officials of the commission and all those involved in the shoddy deal must be brought to book.

The senator was angrier that the project was not only listed among the commission’s uncompleted projects in the state but also not captured among the projects to be inspected by the committee.

The committee was on its way to inspect some projects in the state, when its chairman, Peter Nwaoboshi, stopped the convoy to inspect the 1.5-kilometre single-lane road project, having sighted NDDC’s signpost indicating that the project was its own.

Nwaoboshi, who was visibly angry at the development, said he had merely stopped to inspect the project because of the commission’s signpost which indicated that the road project was that of NDDC.

The committee was further stunned, when it was led to another abandoned road project at Ukwa East Local Government Area of the state, awarded at the cost of N2.08 billion.

The project, the construction of a 32-kilometre Obohia-Ohanku-Aba Road with spur to Ohambele-Obeaku, awarded to Herbertech Nigeria Limited in November 2009, had only been worked on by eight kilometres even as the contractor had already received N300 million.

Speaking at the site, Nwaoboshi ordered the contractor to return to site or forfeit the contract.

Nwaoboshi, who said the Senate was highly disturbed at the high number of projects abandonment across the states of the Niger Delta, warned that those who were awarded contracts by the commission must be prepared to face the law if they were not ready to return to site.

Speaking at the project site, Managing Director of the company, who identified himself as Mr Lawrence Mba, explained that he abandoned the project because of the inability of the commission to increase the contract sum, having latter discovered that the road construction would include over three bridges besides other things not captured earlier in the bill of quantity.