Oil-producing communities will soon heave a sigh of relief as the Executive Director (Project) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Samuel Adjogbe, has said the commission is ready to link them with motorable road.
He said that the NDCC has moved away from building shore protection in riverside areas to the construction of quality roads to link such communities.
Adjogbe further revealed that the commission is setting up a body to profile all failed project contractors and recommend measures to recover the money already paid to them.
He spoke with The AUTHORITY at a public lecture organised by the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NIMecHE) Warri chapter with the theme: “Stimulating the Advancement of Structural Infrastructural Development in Nigeria” held at the Chevron Recreation Centre, Warri Delta State.
He said that when roads are constructed to link the various riverine communities in the region developers would then take advantage of the access road to reclaim the land and build estate and massive business empire to open up the areas.
He expressed regret that shore protection and most reclamation projects were often abandoned after collecting mobilisation, adding that the Commission is set to recover all such mobilisation fees from defaulters.
Chairman of the Warri branch of the NIMecHE, Engr Godwin Enibueta on his part, called on the Federal Government to set up failed contract Tribunal to prosecute any contractor that abandon his projects after collecting mobilisation fees even as he decried the low level of infrastructural development in the country.