The residents of Rumuigboh community off Obi-Wali road are out to sack a contractor commissioned by Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over nonperformance. Our reporter Paul Obiajunwo met with the angry residents and reports.
At the early hours of Monday, my phone rang, and it was information that the landlords of Okemini, Ogbonda and Sylvanus Street off Obi-Wali road, Rumuigboh Community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area are protesting the poor handling of Obi-Wali community road. The landlords in a hurry sent a protest letter to NDDC over poor quality of job. The contractor was said to have disappeared from the project site, leaving the road uncompleted.
Speaking with our reporter, the chairman of the Landlords Association, Mr. Eddy Eluke, said they were out to stop the NDDC political contractors from manipulating the people of the area with their dubious behavour. “We are sending our protest letter to the NDDC today and we are out to ensure that what we will have in our area is quality road. If you look at our faces you will see anger and bitterness, this is because the road we saw does not reflect the amount of money paid to the contractor handling the project. You can imagine what we suffer whenever it rains heavily because the road was built without drainage. We are one of the communities suffering from flood and as God would have it, the NDDC has remembered to save us from the terrible experience of flood, now the contractor wants to construct the road without drainage, it would never happen. We as landlords of Okemini, Ogbonda and Sylvanus Street in Rumuigboh are saying no to poor execution of roads.
“On behalf of the Landlords we are calling on the chairman of NDDC, Dr. Christian Oboh, to re-award the contract since the former contractor Kigal Oil and Gas Limited has displayed gross incompetence and lack the capacity of handling our road project, we need a contractor who will not embezzle the drainage money and built road without drainage, we are suffering and dying of flood. I am surprised that a road project valued at two hundred million naira will be awarded without drainage.”
Eluke also revealed that residents of the area who are car owners are living with anxiety over car theft. “When the contractor commenced work, residents who are car owners were advised to park their vehicles away from their homes to avoid distraction on the road, but since them it has been one complaint of one missing car or other.”
Mr. Igben Kesena and other landlords who spoke with our reporter said NDDC under the leadership of Christian Eboh should live up to responsibility. “ All we are saying is no quality road no road, we are calling on the NDDC and its leadership is to live up to their responsibility by using qualified engineers and effectively supervising projects awarded to some contractors in the state and to ensure a credible execution of projects .
Chief Obonna Ike one of the chiefs in the area added. “Since the creation of Niger Delta Development (NDDC) whose responsibility is to come up with extensive plan and development of the Niger Delta Region many people are yet to believe that the commission can rescue the region from it underdevelopment.
“With so many uncompleted projects, some poorly executed while others abandoned, reaction, protest, petition have trailed the activities of the Commission. This alone, especially the cry of the affected communities or residents is enough reason to investigate the secret behind the politics of uncompleted works, poor execution and disappearing of contractors on the site”, he said.