NDDC Projects: Contractors To Face Prosecution After 30 Days Ultimatum

NDDC Gives Contractors 30 Days to Return to SiteThe Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has given contractors handling its projects 30 days to return to site and complete the projects or face prosecution.

The Managing Director of NDDC, Mr Nsima Ekere, stated this following an Inter-Ministerial meeting in Abuja chaired by Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

The meeting, which took place over the weekend, had in attendance Ministers of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Environment, Niger Delta, Information and Culture, as well as the Presidential Amnesty Office.

It reviewed the 20-Point Agenda of the Petroleum Ministry with regards to the Niger Delta, as well as the Amnesty Programme and the 16-point demand of the Pan Niger Delta Forum.

Mr Ekere said “a list of such contractors is being compiled in all the nine NDDC states and defaulters would be prosecuted”.

He stressed the need to fast-track the ongoing audit of projects awarded in the Niger Delta region, in line with government directives.

“It is important for our contractors to realise that it can’t be business as usual. President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to change how government business is conducted and everyone must wake up to that reality.

Workable Plan

“But beyond that is the fact that we owe the Niger Delta region and our people the duty to implement and complete these projects, in order to facilitate sustainable regional development.

“This is a necessary process to ensure that things are done properly, how they ought to be done and when they ought to be done. It is important to consolidate the agenda with that of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, as well as the blueprint of the State Governments, the Amnesty Office and the NDDC Master Plan, in order to roll them into one workable plan.

“We are all going to initiate quick-win projects that will give a sense of involvement to government’s approach to handling issues that will impact the people. We will organise frequent town hall meetings with all stakeholders and collaborate in building sustainable economic models for the communities of the Niger Delta,” Ekere said.

The NDDC boss also emphasised the need for the Commission to work with the Ministry of Environment and NOSREA, to facilitate the clean-up exercise in affected areas of oil spill, work on a time frame and encourage IOCs to provide more power to their host communities beyond working with Electricity Distribution Companies.

“Satellite mapping will be used to identify polluted areas in the Niger Delta and a comprehensive plan of action adopted to ensure regional clean-up. This is important because we must ensure that we safeguard our environment and give our people the opportunity and enabling environment to pursue our predominant traditional livelihoods.

“Agriculture and aquaculture are key to facilitating sustainable development in the region, particularly as we seek alternate productive socio-economic activities beyond oil and gas,” he said.


NDDC To Partner With Polish Firm For Investment And Development

NDDCThe Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is discussing with officials of Em-Bud Studio 2000, an engineering firm from Poland, on areas of investment that would support the development efforts of the interventionist agency.

The Managing Director of NDDC, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, in a meeting with the representatives of the Polish company at the commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, said that the commission’s interest is partnering with organizations that shared its vision of fast-tracking development in the Niger Delta region

She assured the visiting officials that the Niger Delta region was safe for investments, and urged them not to entertain fears about working in the area. She added that the Em-Bud group did not make any mistake in looking in the direction of the Niger Delta for investment opportunities.

Representing the Acting Managing Director, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, the Directorate of Public and Private Partnership (PPP), Osmond Adiele, noted that the NDDC was constrained by inadequate funds which is the reason the commission is unable to make the required impact in the area of development projects.

He also dismissed insinuations that the commission had abandoned some of its projects.

The Chairman of Em-Bud Group, Mr. Emil Musial, while stating the reasons for the visit, said that their interest was in collaborating with the NDDC to develop the energy infrastructure in the region, especially in the area of solar power, as well as investing in projects that would turn waste products into wealth.

He added that the Polish company was not coming to Nigeria to experiment as they had executed similar projects in other developing countries.

The Chairman of the Em–Bud Group said that his company would attract international funding for developmental projects built around the PPP model which is working very well in other parts of the world.

NDDC Commissions Residential Quarters For Police Officers

NDDCThe Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has commissioned a multi-million Naira residential quarters for Police officers in Port Harcourt.

While speaking at the commissioning of the 130 million Naira two-storey building, the acting Managing Director of NDDC, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, expressed optimism that the project would add value to the living conditions of the Police officers.

She said that the situation of security in the region has made the commission to continue to intervene, adding that the matter of accommodation for men of the security agencies is as old as the country itself.

The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr Musa Kimo, on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, thanked the NDDC for its continued support for the Police in the region.

He promised that the residential quarters would be well utilised for the benefit of the senior Police officers.

The Police Chief further said that the NDDC’s contribution to the welfare of the officers would serve as a big source of encouragement and motivation.

“This is a dream come true,” he said.

Jonathan Queries NDDC Over 285 Abandoned Projects

The abysmal performance of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) since inception in 2001 has drawn the ire of President Goodluck Jonathan and he has vowed to take a decisive action on the matter. The commission is reported to have abandoned 285 projects across the oil-producing region and currently funding the renovation of a privately owned club in Port Harcourt. 

The President made known his displeasure on Tuesday when he received the 2005 to 2011 report of the Presidential Monitoring Committee on the NDDC submitted by Chief Isaac Jemide.

According to the committee’s report, in all 609 projects undertaken by the commission and inspected, 222 have been completed, 102 on-going and 285  abandoned.

The report also revealed that the commission has awarded a contract for the renovation of a privately-owned club in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, among other anomalies.

The presidential committee further indicted the NDDC for the abandonment of a large number of projects and the refusal to address the issue of abandoned projects with no evidence of any attempt to recover the funds using appropriate government agencies such as the EFCC and ICPC.

President Jonathan, an indigene of the Niger Delta appeared very dissatisfied with the report, saying that there were issues in the NDDC. Such issues tend to defeat the purpose for which the commission was set up, he added.

He also decried the unjustifiable introduction of astronomical variations on the contracts sum of most projects awarded by the NDDC over short periods of time, promising to look into how some of these variations were effected prior to project commencement and also the controversial contract to renovate a privately owned club in Rivers State.

The Presidential Monitoring’s report covered projects awarded in three states of Cross River, Edo, and Rivers States between 2005 and 2011. The committee was mandated to look into the financial management of the commission within the period as well as how contracts were procured.

Monitoring of 1,510 projects for the period 2005-2011 in the remaining six NNDC states is said to have also been completed and the reports are being compiled for submission to the President in the near future.