Wednesday, 22 March 2017

We’re moving from land reclamation projects to construction of more road networks in the region ― Executive Director Projects, NDDC.


This story was sent in by Milton Atuyota from Delta State.

The Executive Director Projects, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Engr. Samuel Adjogbe, FNSE., has made known to the people of Niger Delta, that the commission is no longer disposed to the era of unsuccessful land reclamation, shore protection, canalisation and channelisation projects in the region. He stated that such projects would only be done when seen to be absolutely necessary.

In his words, 'Construction of motorable roads to link the riverine communities in the region in a bid to attract investors and development to the area will be supported'

He also said that the commission was setting up a committee to uncover all failed and abandoned projects and the respective contractors with a view to recommend measures to recover funds already paid to such contractors or compel them to go back to site. 

EDP who made the disclosure in Warri while delivering a thought provoking lecture organised by the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Warri chapter also seized the medium to laud Mr President's commitment to ensuring that the Niger delta region becomes a hub for investors. 

According to him, when roads are constructed to link the various riverine communities in the region, investors would then seize advantage of the access roads to reclaim the land and build estates and business empires to open up the area. 

Adjogbe who also added that shore protection, land reclamation, canalisation, and channelisation projects are as capital intensive as road construction in those riverine areas of Delta State. 

"Similarly, canalisation and channelisation projects also expose the area to huge volume of water which in turn ends up requiring shore protection and reclamation of the area, once more."

"It is like spending money on creating a problem and spending more to solve it"

EDP also expressed displeasure that shore protection and most reclamation projects were often abandoned after contractors have collected mobilization fees and that all defaulting contractors would soon be made to face the full brunt of the law. 

Adjogbe who also charged all Engineers present to key into the vision of the NDDC in delivering on the vision of ensuring sustainable development in the region. 

If we as qualified engineers do not key into ongoing project jobs, schemes and programmes, then the quality of the commission's deliverables would be badly affected " He opined.


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