Contractors insist no payment, no completion of NDDC projects in Akwa Ibom

*Contractors have asked the leadership of the Niger Delta Development Commission for payment to enable them return to project sites in Akwa Ibom State

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In response to the Commission’s appeal to them return to project sites, the contractors handling key Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) projects abandoned for years for non-settlement of Interim Payment Certificates (IPCs) in Akwa Ibom State have insisted they would only return to sites until they are paid.

The contractors expressed the concern while responding to Efiong Akwa, NDDC Sole Administrator’s appeal for projects completion after his project inspection tour in the state.

It was learnt some of the key projects stalemated by NDDC’s failure to settle contractors’ IPCs include the Regional Specialist Hospital at Mkpat Enin Local Government Area (LGA) and the 175-room University of Uyo Permanent site hostel in Uyo LGA.

Blessing Umoh, Structural Engineer for the regional hospital, described the project as a three-in-one complex comprising Orthopaedic, Cardiovascular and Children/Maternity sections.

Report stated Mfoniso Essien, project contractor, put the completion status at just 26% before it was abandoned while Emeka Maduka, contractor for the hostel project said the job was 80% done before work was halted.

Ibitoye Abosede, Director of Corporate Affairs of NDDC, said the contractors had asked Akwa “for payment of IPCs to enable return to sites.”

Abosede noted that the NDDC Sole Administrator consequently, “directed the contractors to report to the Commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt for comprehensive evaluation of the constraints, which would assist in putting together necessary things to ensure the realisation of the projects.”

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