Contractors implementing projects for the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, have been charged to ensure that quality projects are delivered for the development of the region.
The Acting Managing Director/CEO of the Commission, Mrs. Osato Iyasere Arenyeka, made the call at the Commission’s corporate headquarters in Port Harcourt while meeting with contractors handling the Commission’s projects in the nine states of the Niger Delta.
Mrs Arenyeka said she called the meeting to rub minds on how best the new leadership of the Commission and the contractors can improve the process for the implementation and delivery of projects in order to improve the living conditions of the people of the region. She said that was the number one priority of NDDC. Mrs.
Arenyeka assured that outstanding interim payment certificates (IPCs) were being compiled and performing contractors would be paid once a new Board for the Commission was reconstituted by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The NDDC Boss solicited the support of the contractors for President Jonathan’s transformation agenda, as well as the changes he is making to make NDDC perform better by delivering projects that meet specifications, insisting that the Commission would not pay for shoddy jobs.
“We have discovered that some of our projects are failing, especially road projects. A road that was constructed this year now has potholes. I’ve called you to find out what is the problem”, Mrs. Arenyeka said.
At an interactive session that followed, some contractors identified the challenges facing the projects to include timely payment of IPCS, project design, community issues and bureaucratic bottlenecks.
The Acting MD/CEO of NDDC, Mrs. Arenyeka pledged to address the issues raised so that the incoming Board of the Commission will effectively settle down to work once they are reconstituted.