NDDC issues fresh 14-day ultimatum to erring contractors

Chukwudi Akasike,  Port Harcourt

THE Niger Delta Development Commission has given contractors working on its projects across the region a fresh two-week ultimatum to return to sites or face sanctions.

 NDDC Managing Director, Mr. Nsima Ekere, warned that a list of the offending contractors was being compiled in the nine states of the Niger Delta region.

Ekere, who spoke on Thursday after a management committee meeting in Port Harcourt, cautioned that such errant contractors would be prosecuted for their actions.

 The commission had earlier given contractors 30 days to return to site in order to complete all ongoing projects in the region.

 A statement signed by the Head, Corporate Affairs of NDDC, Mr. Chijioke Amu-Nnadi, read, “A list of such (erring) contractors is being compiled in all the nine NDDC states and defaulters would be prosecuted. The commission will take appropriate steps to recover funds from defaulting contractors who have been mobilised, but have refused to return to site.”

 Ekere restated the commission’s resolve to ensure that all ongoing projects were completed for the benefit of the people of the region.

 He stressed the importance of getting all stakeholders to key into the change agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

 He said, “It is important for our contractors to realise that it can no longer be business as usual. It is important for everyone doing business with the NDDC to realise that things must be done properly and when they ought to be done.”

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