Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has given contractors working on its projects across the region a new two-week window within which to return to sites or face sanctions.
Rising from a management committee meeting in Port Harcourt thursday, the commission Managing Director, Nsima Ekere, reiterated the commitment of the federal government to fast-track the development of the Niger Delta region, saying a list of such contractors “is being compiled in all the nine NDDC states and defaulters would be prosecuted.”
The commission had earlier given contractors 30 days to return to site in order to complete all on-going projects in the region.
Ekere said the commission would take appropriate steps to recover funds from defaulting contractors who had been mobilised but had refused to return to site.
He restated the commission resolve to ensure that all on-going projects were completed “for the benefit of the people of the Niger Delta region.”
The NDDC boss stressed the importance of getting all stakeholders to key into the change agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. He added: “It is important for our contractors to realise that it can no longer be business as usual. It is important for everyone doing business with NDDC to realise that things must be done properly, how they ought to be done and when they ought to be done.”