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NDDC: CONTRACTOR ABANDONS SHORE PROTECTION PROJECT AT OBORO

NDDC: CONTRACTOR ABANDONS SHORE PROTECTION PROJECT AT OBORO

By Fun-ororo  Narebor,Esq.
National Coordinator.
Citizens Right Advocacy Group (CRAG).

Information reaching the desk of CRAG reveals that the Shore Protection project at Oboro awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission to Osmoserve Global Limited had since been abandoned.

It is on record that the contracting firm after been mobilised to site  came and did assessment of crops and structures in 2013 which damage is yet to be paid. Osmoserve Global Limited thereafter brought some gravels, sand and concrete bars to commence work. Since then, nothing was heard from the contracting firm.

The Field workers of Citizens Right Advocacy Group also confirmed that sometimes in July 2018, the contractor resurfaced, this time with an excavator and dug part of the waterfront and left till now. 

We therefore call on the Interim Management Team of the NDDC to critically look into this issue of abandonment and compel Osmoserve Global Limited to return to site. This call became necessary as the community recently experienced a disastrous flood due to the dug portion at the waterfront which has caused a serious gully erosion as the community road is at the verge of being cut-off.

It was also learnt that so many indigenes of the community particularly the young and aged sustained life threatening injuries from the concrete bars while walking down the river to fetch water and may be take their bath. A community leader,Mr. Etukuyei Gbenekepreye who spoke to our field workers lamented that the NDDC project rather than bring succour to the community have increased their sufferings.

It has also come to the knowledge of CRAG that most abandoned jobs were contracted to non indigenous contractors. Scott Tommey is the Chairman of Osmoserve Global Limited and he is from Akwa-Ibom State, no doubt the work is not taken seriously.

We therefore passionately appeal to the management of NDDC to award jobs to competent indigenous contractors recommended by the community were the job is to be executed.

We also call on the Interim Management Committee to sanction contractors found to be incompetent and wanting in the execution of contracts.

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