The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration (EDFA), Chris Amadi has informed contractors of prompt payment without bureaucratic blocks.
Amadi also disclosed that the commission will begin payment of N20 million NDDC owes the contractors. Assuring that future payment will not be met by unnecessary bureaucratic bottlenecks.
The Acting Executive Director made the disclosure during a courtesy visit to the palace of Eze Apara Rebisi of Port Harcourt, Eze Victor Woluchem XII, where he promised more efficient process will be applied in paying for projects and meeting contractor obligations.
“In a couple of days, we are going to start payment to contractors owed between N20 million and below. There will be no need for contractors and consultants to come to the NDDC before they can get their payments. They can simply stay in their homes or offices and give us the necessary information.
“On resumption, I have directed to ensure we live up to our contractual obligations. In fact, on Wednesday, we will start the payment of contractors we owe less than N20 million and in two weeks’ time, the story with be different.”
The executive director said the new management had resolved to fully discharge the NDDC mandate and intervene in specific projects that would impact the lives of the majority of the people.
Amadi said the commission is set to fully discharge the NDDC mandate and intervene in specific projects to improve the lives of the Niger Delta people.
“We want to right some wrongs and ensure that never again will our people suffer in the midst of plenty,” he said.
According to Amadi, “Ikwerre people are a dominant ethnic group in Rivers State. From available statistics Ikwerre has over 55 per cent of the voting population of the state.” He regretted that the ethnic group, with high political sensitivities, never had an opportunity to be in the board or executive level of the NDDC, even from the days of the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC).
“My appointment means a lot to the Ikwerre people. They are very happy and I am also happy and humbled. We are very grateful to our leader, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, for finding me worthy of recommendation to President Muhammadu Buhari for this appointment.”