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NDDC Projects: 57 Contractors Return To Site

Fifty-seven contractors have returned to site since the interim board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) assumed office. Also the NDDC has explained the suspension of the monthly payment of N1billion to a consultant who collects money from international oil companies on its behalf.

NDDC acting Managing Director Joi Nunieh, who disclosed this in an interactive session with journalists at the NDDC headquarters, said the commission did not need middlemen to collect statutory funds due to it from multinationals.

She revealed that the NDDC had a consulting firm engaged as collection agent as well as another company that also collects three percent whenever money is paid by the International Oil Companies, stressing that the money should be paid directly into the NDDC accounts with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Nunieh, said the persistent political interference was lowering the progress of the commission, adding that her desk was overflowing with files waiting for payments, even from several companies belonging to one individual.

She wondered how one individual would have 87 companies waiting for payment, warning that political interference will not deter her from carrying out her mandate for the Niger Delta people.

The new NDDC boss said the three percent for a consulting firm is over, adding that pressure had been mounted because of its stoppage.

“What is happening is very embarrassing. We must all get up and know that these people have taken our commonwealth”, she said.

Nunieh however, said that things were beginning to look up as many contractors have gone back to sites since she came on board as MD/CEO, stressing that about 57 contractors have gone back to sites.

“I am encouraging everyone to go back to the site so that things will be done properly. Those that actually execute their contracts will be paid”, she assured.

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