DELTA State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has urged contractors handling projects for interventionist agencies to always inform local government councils of the projects they are executing.
The Governor made the call yesterday at Agbor, Ika South local government area of the state when he was informed by the Head of Personnel Management (HPM) of the Council, Mr Godfrey Okonta that the was not aware of sites of projects being executed by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
According to the Governor who was in the area to inspect projects being executed by NDDC, it was necessary for the local government councils to be aware of projects being executed by interventionist agencies and the location of the projects.
Dr Uduaghan was represented by his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on NDDC matters in charge of Delta North Senatorial
He disclosed that the NDDC has a lot of on-going projects in Delta North and the inspection was to ascertain the level of projects made in the projects.
The HPM lauded Governor Uduaghan for his commitment to the development of Delta State which prompted him to be inspecting projects in the state.
He disclosed that the Council was not informed about the projects going on in the state and appealed for such to be corrected even if it is for information purposes.
The SSA visited the Dein of Agbor and inspected some projects being executed by the NDDC in the area.
While at the palace of the Dein of Agbor Kingdom, HRM Obi Keagborkuzi , the monarch commended Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for monitoring jobs contracts awarded in the state.
The Dein made the commendation through a Palace Chief, Chief Sunday Egede said, it is important to inspect projects and see the level of work done on such jobs noting that the people of Agbor Kingdom are peaceful and are appreciative of good gestures.
Engr. Melenu had told the Dein that he was at Agbor to inspect NDDC projects in the area and commended the people of the Kingdom for protecting government projects and also, ensuring that there is peace in the community.
The SSA disclosed that there are lots of NDDC projects being executed in different communities in the state and Governor Uduaghan is desirous that the projects are completed on time and to specification.
During an inspection of internal roads and drainage awarded at the government hospital, Agbor, the Medical Director in charge of the hospital disclosed that there was no sign that the contractor has mobilized to site which prompted the SSA to assure that efforts would be made to ensure that all contractors meet with the contract agreement.
He disclosed that the contractor was given the project in 2011 and decried situation whereby, there was no sign that he has mobilized to site.
In a related development, the Ajeh of Ekwuoma, Ika North-East local government area of Delta State, HRH Samuel Chukwujindu has urged contractors handling projects in the community to meet up with their contract agreement.
The Ajeh disclosed that the water project awarded by the NDDC has been abandoned since 2010 while the contractors who are executing jobs in the community do not carry the people along in their project.
He spoke when the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Uduaghan on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Engr. Felix Omel Melenu went on inspection tour of projects being executed in the area.
Speaking at the occasion, Engr. Melenu urged the people to continue to support the Government Emmanuel Uduaghan’s administration noting efforts are on to ensure that all contractors complete their jobs.
He decried situations where contractors abandon their projects without genuine reasons stating that he was on the visit to enable him brief appropriate authorities on the situation on ground.