New NDDC boss insists on quality, value for money

26 December 2015, Port Harcourt – The new Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, has charged contractors working on projects for the commission to ensure that they delivered quality jobs that would also give value for the money spent on them.

NDDCShe gave the directive as she inspected nine projects in Rivers State on Wednesday as part of her tour of the state.

The first project visited by the NDDC team was the 522 bed-space prototype hostel at the University of Port Harcourt, where the contractor was not on site to answer questions on the status of the project which was supposed to have been completed several years ago.

The acting managing director expressed disappointment with the quality of the finishing of the hostel and expressed regret that the contractor had delayed the completion of the project, in spite of having been paid N1.24 billion, representing over 90 per cent of the total contract sum.

Semenitari directed the contractor to come to the NDDC to explain himself. “I need to see him urgently before we can take a decision. He has indeed robbed the people of the Niger Delta with the quality of job that I have seen. Some of the fittings like the wardrobe doors are not even good for a secondary school hostel,” she said.

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