The Senate Committee on Niger Delta Wednesday charged the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to either brace up with its commitment to develop the oil region or brace out.
This warning was issued by the committee chairman, Senator James Manager, at a meeting of the committee, leadership of the NDDC and FCC, a group of contractors handling a road project in the region in the Senate yesterday.
Manager told the Managing Director of NDDC, Chris Oboh, to put paid to the habit of only inspecting projects and knowing the commission's contractors when the committee visits the region to inspect projects.
He told Oboh that if he failed to do his job, the committee would be left with no option than to take over the commission's responsibility.
"Mr. MD, it is not only when Senate committee is inspecting projects that you should just accompany us. You must be able to tell us the state of the projects. You must be in a position to know those working for your commission. You must know the character of their companies.
"Some of the contractors, you must do within your limits, to ensure they do what is right. You must threaten them, you must revoke the licences of those who are not doing well. You must invite them to meetings and ensure that the chairman is in attendance.
"If you don't do it, we 'll do it for you here in the Senate. It is only when you have naughty issues that you should come here. You must be in contact with the chief executive officers and those who work for you," Manager said. The senator's hard stance came on the heels of submissions made at the session by representatives of FCC. The company is alleged to have abandoned a road project – Eket-Ibeno Road in Akwa Ibom State.
Both NDDC and the contractor had been summoned by the committee following its oversight visit to three states of Niger Delta last week.
Chairman of the construction company, Jide Agboola, who was represented at the meeting, attributed delay in delivery of the project to youth restiveness in the area which he said had stalled progress on the project.
Consequently, Manager set up a three-man committee to interface with the contractors, find out their problems and report back to the committee.
Also yesterday, the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Joy Emodi, commended President Goodluck Jonathan for signing the 2013 budget into law.
She said the president's assent put paid to "alleged row" between the executive and the legislature, adding that both ministries, departments and agencies and the National Assembly would continue to work together to ensure effective implementation of the budget.