Ibori Threatens to Expose Contractors who Abandoned NDDC Projects
Hon. Erhiatake Ibori had threatened to expose contractors who fail to execute the contracts awarded to them by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), a federal government agency established in 2002 by then Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo for sustainable development of the Niger Delta. Miss Ibori, who is the Chairman of the Ad hoc Committee on the amendment of the 2015 Appropriation Act in the Delta State House of Assembly, is worried that the contractors, who were awarded these contracts based on her recommendation, had practically abandoned the projects.
XCLUSIVE MAGAZINE understands that Hon Miss Ibori has made several fruitless efforts to locate the erring contractors before taking the decision to call them out on Social Media, with the veil threat to expose them if they fail to come forward to complete the contracts.
“I want to use this medium to appeal with individual/organization that I recommended for supply contract with NDDC please complete the contract. You know yourselves. Thank you,” Hon Ibori posts on her Facebook Timeline.
It is widely reported in media in August this year that the NDDC is reeking of a multibillion naira scam involving the board and top management of the agency. According to the Premium Times “a total of N2.7billion was doled out to 30 companies for the contracts, described as spurious by some insiders… There are claims that some of the firms that benefited from the contracts are not registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission as prescribed by the Nigerian Companies and Allied Matters Act.”
XCLUSIVE MAGAZINE understands that there is an the on-going investigation into that N2.7billion contract scam, but we are unable to reach miss Ibori to establish if her critical intervention in form of her call out to the contractors is a desperate attempt to save her own neck, as she is currently frolicking with her fellow House of Assembly members on a Delta State government sponsored N132m jamboree in the United States of America.
Meanwhile, Ibori’s outburst on Facebook is receiving loads of thumbs-up from her political admirers. They urge her to expose the contractors in order not to dent her image, imploring her not to be discouraged by the negative attitude of these contractors.
“Please, don’t let the attitude of some discourage you from that good things you are doing because is rewarding. Be vigilant,” writes Mark Edafetanure.
However, it is not everyone that feels Miss Ibori has approached the matter the right way. Some other people think the daughter of Chief James Ibori, who is currently languishing in UK jail for money laundering, is using the wrong and strange channel of communication to deal with such important issue as abandoned projects.
“If they fail to execute an official contract, is Facebook which is an ordinary social media the right place. Get the police or EFCC for them and get serious with them,” asks Joke Emekume.
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