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General News of Thursday, 14 January 2021

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Abandoned Projects: NDDC contractors now on sites - Akpabio

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has disclosed that contractors who abandoned their projects have returned to sites to complete them with their personal funds due to the ongoing forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission.

This was revealed by the minister on Wednesday in Abuja while he addressed members of the press on activities of the ministry in 2020 and their work plan for 2021. He said the ongoing audit at the NDDC had already achieved a lot.

The minister said, “Even those contracts that were awarded since 2004 and abandoned, as I speak, some of those contractors have returned to the sites to execute them.

“It is very clear that the forensic audit has already achieved a lot even before the results are out. I will give you just one example. In the estate where my brother the honourable minister of state stays, about four road projects are being constructed and they are almost completed.

“You will be surprised that we have not given out one single road project since we came in as ministers because of the fact that we have issues of budget and budget perception, which was just last year December resolved by the National Assembly.

“And also street lighting projects suddenly emerged; almost everywhere and we have over 75 projects right now that have been completed without even giving out one.”

Akpabio said the ministry was taking steps to develop the Niger Delta region while engaging public-private partnerships to complete ongoing projects through alternative sources of funding, Punch.ng reports.

The minister said 52 projects in the nine Niger Delta States were ready for inauguration, including a skill acquisition center at Agadagba in Ondo State, which would be handed over to Federal Polytechnic, Ile Oluji, subject to presidential approval, according to Punch.ng

In his remarks, the Minister of State, Omotayo Alasoadura, pledged the determination of the ministry to ensure that things were done with accountability and transparency to ensure sustainable development in the region.

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