NDDC, works min­istry tackle con­tract du­pli­ca­tion

The Punch - - NEWS - Ka­marudeen Ogun­dele, Abuja

The Niger Delta De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion and the Min­istry of Works have agreed to stop the du­pli­ca­tion of con­tracts be­tween fed­eral agen­cies and states.

The in­terim Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Project, Dr Cairo Ojoug­boh, said the du­pli­ca­tion of con­tracts awarded for road con­struc­tion led to mul­ti­ple pay­ments for same con­tract.

Ojougho, who spoke on Fri­day dur­ing a me­dia in­ter­ac­tion said, “One of the prob­lems of the NDDC is con­flict be­tween other tiers of gov­ern­ment.

“You will go to some states to find out that the NDDC would award a con­tract, the state gov­ern­ment would award the same and the lo­cal gov­ern­ment would award the same.

“You will go to other states, you will see that the NDDC is on a road, the min­istry of works is on the same road. We need to know where ev­ery­body is so we don’t pay con­trac­tors twice for jobs that had been done.”

Ojoug­boh, who said the com­mis­sion was be­ing repack­aged to meet its ob­jec­tives, added that there would be more col­lab­o­ra­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion with the min­istry of works.

He said the com­mis­sion would soon be­gin the dis­tri­bu­tion of re­lief ma­te­ri­als to over two mil­lion in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons in the 280 com­mu­ni­ties sub­merged by flood in the Niger Delta.

He listed Bayelsa, Delta, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Imo and Abia states as the worst hit.

Ac­cord­ing to him, all the ar­eas be­low sea level in those places were com­pletely sub­merged.

He said, “You know the rains just stopped and the floods are re­ced­ing. Most of the in­di­genes of the Niger Delta are in in­ter­nally dis­placed camps and they will be go­ing home. They will go back home and find out that their houses have be­come in­fested with rep­tiles and other dan­ger­ous an­i­mals with their prop­erty dam­aged; we have to re­set­tle them. These are the things the com­mis­sion is con­sid­er­ing right now.

“We are do­ing ev­ery­thing hu­manly pos­si­ble to send them back home. We are also look­ing into how to stop the catas­tro­phe, which has been hap­pen­ing ev­ery year. Over two mil­lion peo­ple are af­fected.”

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