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Projects completion: NDDC taking a cue from President Buhari – Efiong Akwa

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By Gideon Ekere
 
The Interim Administrator of Niger Delta Development Commission, , Dr. Efiong Okon Akwa has said that the commission is taking a clue from the President Muhammadu Buhari in rapidly completing ongoing projects in the Niger Delta region in the last one year.
 
Speaking at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, where he was honoured by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, at the Institute’s 2022 annual dinner and awards, Dr. Akwa noted that NDDC is taking after President Buhari in meeting with the expectations of the Niger Deltans.

He said: “The templates adopted by NDDC in delivering its core mandates are driven by the passion of President Buhari. He is a committed leader who has a strong interest in the welfare of Nigerians and the overall progress of Nigeria and that is the reason for the completion of abandoned projects and many other projects in the region”
 
The NDDC boss added: “NDDC is working on the directive of President Buhari, under the supervision of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, in excellent delivery of projects, excellent execution of ideas, excellent planning, and excellent management of resources. You can see how projects that were abandoned for many years are being completed without delay.
 
“NDDC is also taking a cue from the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs. You can see what the Honourable Minister has done in the ministry within his short stay. Even as the governor of Akwa Ibom State you can attest to the fact that his signature projects are still speaking volumes today. That’s the spirit he has imbibed in NDDC, which is the reason you are seeing many positive changes in the commission today.”
 
Dr. Akwa, who received the ICAN merit award in the member’s category, stated that though he has received many awards in the past, “I can assure you that this one is very dear to my heart. It means that the little we’ve been doing in NDDC are being noticed. What that means is that after now, we are going to increase the frequency of project delivery for the benefit of the people in the region.”
 
Earlier in her remarks, the President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Mrs. Comfort Olu Eyitayo, announced the opening of a new technology delivery hub at its Ebute-metta office, saying that a new network of relationship with existing tech hubs both within proximity of Yaba and environs as well as similar centres across the nation will help ICAN-BoI hub to build its presence in the innovation and inventions tech community. 
 
While congratulating the award recipients, Mrs. Eyitayo said that those selected for the awards “are people who have distinguished themselves in their fields of endeavours”.
 
Other awardees at the event include the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu; Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Industry, Mr. Olukayode Pitan; Managing Partner/CEO, PKF Professional Services, Chief Tajudeen Akande; Chief Executive Officer of NorthWest Petroleum & Gas Co. Ltd, Dame Winifred Akpani and the Past President of ICAN, Alhaji Razak Jalyeola.

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FG Directs Cancellation of non-performing NDDC projects

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By Botimi Nene Victoria

The Federal Government has directed the Niger Delta Development Commission, , to cancel all non-performing projects awarded by the Commission before December 31, 2019, for which the beneficiary contractors are yet to mobilise to site.

In a statement signed by the Commission’s Director of Corporate Affairs, on behalf of its management, the Presidency stated that “this cancellation is subject to any future re-award in accordance with the Public Procurement Act and in line with the terms of the contracts for the award of the said projects.”

The notice, addressed to all affected contractors engaged by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), as well as stakeholders and the general public, stated that the projects covered those awarded between 2000 and December 31, 2019, many for which mobilisation had been given, but which were yet to be commenced.

The statement said that “all affected contractors are advised to note that all monies earlier received by way of mobilization for any of the projects are to be promptly refunded to the Commission’s Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria.”

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Environmental Sanitation: Obio Akpor, PHALGA Chairmen Takeover Obuah’s Job

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The Rivers State government has terminated its contract with all private waste contractors in Port Harcourt and Obio Akpor effective from 29 April, 2022.

A statement released by the Special Assistant on Media to the Governor of Rivers State, Kelvin Ebiri said “decision to terminate their contract with the Rivers State Management Agency (RIWAMA), stems from their inability to fulfill the contractual obligation to ensure cleaner and healthier environment for Rivers’ citizens.”

The statement added that : “In the interim, the Rivers State Government has directed the Chairmen of Port Harcourt City and Obio-Akpor Local Government Areas to immediately take charge of the evacuation of waste in their respective jurisdiction, pending the announcement of new waste contractors by Monday.”

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Bro Felix has been screened and cleared to participate in the governorship Primaries of the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Mr Obuah’s resolve to succeed Governor Nyesom Wike at the Brick House is said to have created a rift between the two friends and allies.

29 April, 2022.

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