The Niger Delta Development Commission has commenced the process for the implementation of the 2nd batch of 29 mega projects sited across the region.
2 of the projects are sited in Abia state, 8 in Akwa Ibom, 2 in Bayelsa, one in Cross River and 7 in Delta state. Edo state has one, Imo 4 and Rivers 4.
Speaking at a meeting between officials of the Commission and the projects contractors and consultants, the NDDC Managing Director, Dr Christain Oboh said the Commission has put all machinery in motion to ensure the effective implementation of the projects.
Dr Oboh who was represented by the Executive Director, Projects, Engineer Edikan Eshett warned the contractors against indulging in sharp practices that will impede the successful execution of the projects.
“Where contractors choose to circumvent laid down procedures and execute their projects below expectations, they shall be demolished at their own expense” Oboh warned.
The NDDC boss frowned at incidents of variation, warning that where requests for variation are not justified such projects shall be determined, re-advertised and re-awarded to serious contractors.
He implored consultants and resident supervisor to ensure that their staff were not only qualified but always around to monitor progress of work by contractors.
“Where consultants choose to send inexperienced or non engineers to supervise engineering projects, such contracts shall be terminated without notice, same fate apply to consultants in other fields” Oboh further warned.
Also speaking, the Director, Projects Monitoring and Supervision, Arch Alex Okenwa stated that for smooth implementation of projects, contractors must work with the Directorate of Community and Rural Development particularly in areas of site handover and takeover to avoid frictional with benefitting communities.
According to him, there must also be a well defined project implementation plan, detailing the various work execution stages, adding that a joint inspection/measurement of works is a must for any payment of certificate.
The 29 projects are outside the 53 already lined up for execution by NDDC in August.