01 October 2015, Abuja – The House of Representatives has summoned the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to explain why it awarded a N6.5b Ayetoro shoreline protection contract without ensuring its implementation.
A construction firm, Dredging Atlantic Limited (DAL) will also appear before the House Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), when constituted to explain its role in the project.
The lawmakers’ decision followed the adoption of a motion by Kolade Victor Akinjo (PDP, Ondo) who regretted that despite the commitment shown by the Federal government, the contractors handling the embankment project have refused to live up to expectation.
He said: “As at today 30 September, 2015 almost all Ilaje communities occupying the Atlantic coastline are flooded (overrun) due to water from tempestuous oceanic surge.
“These communities include Ayetoro, Ori-Oke Iwamimo, Seja Odo, Seja Oke, Lepe, Yaye, Olotu, Idiogba, Gbabijo, Erunona and Magbenwa, among several others.
“The flood ordeal that has almost deleted the affected communities is primarily due to lack of embankment to protect them from the advancing ocean surge brazenly rendering the inhabitants homeless, destroying a world of property, ruining the socio-economic assets, activities and concern of the people, and making destitute its teeming populace.
- The Nation