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Saturday, September 22, 2018



Some contractors handling projects for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), have vowed to seize their projects and cause mayhem, should the agency fail to remit their outstanding project funds on or before the end of this month.

The contractors who stormed our newsroom, Tuesday evening, with copies of their respective jobs award letters, threatened to expose all the exploitations and frustrations they are currently passing through in the hands of the managing director of the NDDC, Mr Nsima Ekere.

Pleading anonymity, they complained bitterly about how huge accumulated interests of double digits from their creditors have made them worse than they were before the contracts came.

The projects which were about 150, were mere renovations of classrooms and the award letters dated September last year were issued in November 2017.

The contractors who expressed anger at the impunity within the regional body, maintained that their remaining in APC was just to get their money, after which they will return to the PDP.

“One of us, who had repeatedly told his creditor that he has not yet been paid for that job, went and picked a form for House of Assembly Oron, the man immediately went and blocked him in his house that he was not going anywhere until he refunded the money he borrowed.”

“There is nothing meaningful we are expecting from Nsima, we have lost all that could have been benefits from these jobs, and all we want is to get money and return to our creditors.”

Since he started this his wild goose chase for elections, he has not answered anybody anything, even when we competed the contract since June,” the lamented.

Their fear, they maintained was further heightened when it was discovered that projects awarded to the siblings of the Managing Director, like the Ikpa Primary School in Esit Eket has also not received funding, after being completed.

“Ask the Special Assistant to the MD on Admin Udo Isaiah or even Ini Emu, whether he will not confirm what we are passing through in the hands of this man(Mr Nsima Ekere)?”

They reasoned that all the money coming into the agency are channeled to his governorship election campaigns.


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