Published On: Sun, Oct 27th, 2013

NDDC Boss Fumes over Contractors Non-Performance, Threatens Sanction

Dr Christy Atako

Okirka-Borikiri,
LAGOS OCTOBER 27TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has threatened to sanction contractors handling the Abam-Abibo-Oba-Link Road, project in Rivers State over non-performance.
The threat was made just as the Commission stepped up work on the Okrika-Borikiri road/Bridges, also in Rivers State.
The 6km asphaltic concrete Igbiri-Abam-Abibo-Oba link road has four bridges, and 2.5km concrete drains with cross section of 600x600mm while the 3.65km Okrika –Borikiri road has three bridges connecting Kolabi, Abotoru and Okpoka creeks to Port Harcourt.
Speaking to newsmen after inspecting the projects, the Acting Managing Director, NDDC, and Dr Christy Atako, expressed displeasure at the extent of work done on the Igbiri-Oba Link road which was awarded since 2009. According to her, “That project was awarded in 2009, it is made up of four bridges, and I didn’t see any work going on, there is nothing significant to justify the money paid to the contractor”.
Atako, who summoned the contractor to the office, threatened that the commission would not hesitate to sanction the contractor of the project if his explanation for abandoning site is not satisfactory. “No contractor will be allowed to take us for granted any more. The Commission will strive to get value for all money paid”.
She however commended the contractor handling the Okrika-Borikiri link road for progress of work on that road.
According to the NDDC boss, the road when completed, will reduce traffic congestion on the refinery road as well as reduce travel time from Okrika to Port Harcourt.
Source: Daily Independent

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