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NDDC presses contractors for quality work amid payment conditions

Commission's Directive Stresses Adherence to Standards as Stakeholders Engage in Port Harcourt

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The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has issued a stern directive to contractors, emphasizing the imperative of delivering quality work before becoming eligible for payment.

Chief Tony Okocha, the Rivers State Representative on the NDDC Board, underscored this mandate during an interactive session with stakeholders and contractors held at the commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt.

In a statement released by the NDDC Director of Corporate Affairs, Pius Ughakpoteni, Okocha’s message reiterated that contractors failing to meet specified standards would not receive compensation for their projects.

While acknowledging contractors’ concerns regarding delayed payments for completed work, Okocha hinted at potential solutions, suggesting that the Commission might explore providing upfront mobilization fees to expedite project completion.

“I am coming to your sites with my team of competent engineers to assess the work you are doing,” Okocha asserted, “and if I find the work to be sub-standard, you will have yourself to blame as the current NDDC board will not compromise on standards.”

Emphasizing the Commission’s commitment to executing projects aligned with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the President Bola Tinubu-led administration, Okocha pledged to establish a transparent system to identify deserving contractors for payment.

In the course of the discussion, contractor Chief Tony Maduabuchi appealed to the Federal Government to reconsider the NDDC’s inclusion in the Treasury Single Account (TSA), citing funding challenges faced by contractors under this arrangement.

The NDDC’s directive signals a renewed focus on accountability and quality assurance in project delivery, aligning with broader efforts to enhance development outcomes in the Niger Delta region.

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