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Warri Study Group Berates NDDC Over N13bn Abandoned Contracts

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Posted: Jun 16, 2016 at 6:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emma Arubi

Warri – The Warri Study Group (WSG), a group committed to the development of Itsekiri communities, has come down hard on the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), accusing the interventionist agency of slothfulness in recovering N13 billion for contracts it purportedly awarded and paid for in 2004 as well as 2006, without execution.

According to the group, the contracts, Ugborodo Shoreline Protection Project in Warri South-West Local Government Area, valued at N10 billion, which was awarded in 2004, and the Koko Shoreline Protection Project in Warri North Local Government Area, awarded at the sum of N3 billion in 2006, have not been executed, yet the monies were paid.

In a petition addressed to the Acting Managing Director of NDDC, and made available to newsmen in Warri, the WSG wondered why the NDDC was slow to “unravel the mysterious loss of these huge sums”, despite the Presidential Monitoring Committee on the NDDC in 2012 directing that action be taken in that regard.

The petition, which was signed by Edward Ekpoko and Tony Ede, Chairman and Secretary of WSG, respectively, also said that the Itsekiri would not accept the dredging of Ogheye/Ugbege/Araromi Canal in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.

According to them, the contract that was awarded by the NDDC without Environmental Impact Assessment, is capable of causing crisis.

While declaring that the dredging of the communities, held together by a fringe of land measuring about 60 meters between the Atlantic and Benin River, would wash the coastal communities into the sea, WSG noted that what people of the affected communities desired was “fore-shore protection /reclamation” and sand-filling to protect the three communities from ocean encroachment before canalisation.