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NDDC Orders Contractors Back To Sites For Immediate Completion Of Projects

The interim administrator, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has ordered contractors handling its projects to return to site immediately and complete their work. Mr Effiong Akwa gave the order while inspecting the Niger Delta Regional Specialist Hospital, at Mkpat Enin Local Government Area. A statement signed by the commission's director, Corporate Affairs, Ibitoye Abosede, stated that Akwa explained that the commission would not go back on the regional hospital project because of its strategic importance. He promised to pay for the milestones already achieved by the contractor to ensure the completion of the project. Akwa, who was accompanied by directors of the commission, also inspected the 175-room University of Uyo permanent site hostel. He directed the contractors to report to the commission's headquarters in Port Harcourt for a comprehensive evaluation of the constraints, which would assist in realising the project. The structural engineer for the regional hospital, Blessing Umoh, described the project as three-in-one complex that comprised Orthopaedic, Cardiovascular and Children/Maternity sections. The contractor, Elder Mfoniso Essien, put the completion status at 26 per cent and appealed for the payment of outstanding Interim Payment Certificates (IPC) to enable them return to site. Inspecting the hostel project, Akwa stated that the NDDC was building similar hostels in other universities across the Niger Delta region. He, however, observed that a few of the projects were experiencing some hitches which would soon be resolved, and regretted that the uncompleted university hostels, which were awarded many years ago, had for one reason or the other, remained stalled. The NDDC boss assured that efforts were being made to review all the obstacles and take measures to ensure that IKOT ABASI the projects were completed. He said NDDC would assist universities in the region to ensure that their students undertook their studies in comfort. He said: "We are committed to doing whatever has to be done within our capacity to ensure that we add value to the educational system in the Niger Delta, and assured that the few NDDC hostel projects in the various universities in the Niger Delta region that were yet to be completed, would be re-activated as soon as possible and the contractors appropriately funded to return to site. On the University of Uyo hostel, the administrator said that the NDDC was very eager to complete the project and asked the contractor to submit his requirements for the continuation of the project, promising to ensure that he was paid for achieved milestones. Briefing the NDDC boss, the contractor, Emeka Maduka, said that the hostel project had largely been completed, leaving only external works and landscaping. He said that the project had reached 80 per cent completion before it was stalled on account of funding challenges.

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