Abandoned NDDC Road Project
Mr Essien Ayi, Chairman House of Representatives Committee on the NiMr Delta has raised an alarm over numerous uncompleted projects littered and scattered all over the region while new ones are being commissioned daily.
Mr Ayi made the observation in the course of fulfilling the oversight functions over the region by the House Committee on the Niger Delta. He and his members had the course to visit all the states in the region to inspect and take stock of all projects awarded and executed.
Expressing his disappointment over the numerous abandoned projects in the region, the committee chairman threatened to tie further budgetary expenditure and release to the completion of abandoned and existing contract. He queried why new contracts should be initiated while the old ones are abandoned while calling on a freeze on new projects by the Ministry of Niger Delta and the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC.
Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Usani
He insisted that future budgetary allocations to the ministry of Niger Delta affairs must take cognizance of the already existing projects with the emphasis on their completion.
According to Ayi “we are not impressed by the number of uncompleted projects in the Niger Delta region that is why we have taken the pains to go round since on Tuesday, from Delta to Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River to see things for ourselves and guide us in the next budget.
Ayi singled out the East-West road which has been under construction for the past 12 years with no end of completion in spite of the huge financial commitment made by the federal government on the project.
Essien Ayi, House Committee Chairman for Niger Delta
Equally disturbing to the House Committee members was the unpleasant reality that the controversial road would require another N100 Billion to complete in the recent valuation of the road project.
This reality, it has been revealed made the federal government transfer the sponsorship of the remaining sections 1-4 of the road project from the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta to the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA.