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NUPENG worries over abandoned NDDC projects

By on June 4, 2013

Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has expressed concern over the abandonment of projects by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, in many parts of the country.

President of NUPENG, Igwe Achese, in a statement decried the complaints by various communities in the Niger Delta of complete neglect and abandonment of projects by the NDDC, saying, “It is sad to state that despite the huge funds allotted the NDDC from oil revenue to develop Niger Delta, there is nothing really on ground to show for its existence.

We have had many cases of NDDC contractors collecting mobilisation fees and abandoning the projects.  The objective of setting the NDDC has not really been met, as the roads in the Niger Delta are still in deplorable state.  The NDDC is just another avenue for its officials and government cronies to enrich themselves.  The NDDC has failed to transform lives in the Niger Delta.”

“It is only its signboards that are seen, with no noticeable progress in the contracts awarded.  A case in point is the reclamation project in Gbaramatu area where the contractor was reported to have removed its equipments even when the project has not been completed.

The Union calls on the federal government to review the mandate of the NDDC to make its impact felt by the people whose soil has been destroyed by the activities of oil multi-nationals.  It is a pity that the NDDC has not lived up to expectations despite the huge billions of naira voted for its activities every year.”

Achese added that “The federal government must therefore set up a special task force to monitor all its activities, projects and make sure that they are commissioned on time.