Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Prof. Claudius Omoleye Daramola has disclosed that the Ministry, under the changed Government would not starve contractors handling the Ministry’s projects of their financial dues, in order to fast-track projects’ completion.
Prof. Daramola revealed this in Abuja on Tuesday, at a meeting with contractors handling the Ministry’s housing projects across the nine States of the Niger Delta region.
“We are here to rub minds and seek the way forward, having visited the sites of all projects in Niger Delta region, and came up with very alarming findings. Some contractors collected money and never returned to sites, and other unpalatable developments. Those involved in this act should return to sites or face the consequences of their actions”, he stressed.
He also said that, as soon as funds are released, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs would pay all contractors who are serious about returning to their various sites. “With the passage of the 2016 budget, we will mobilize you with the little we have, so that you can go and complete the projects”, he stated.
Earlier in her remarks, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Belema Wakama lamented that only two housing projects of the Ministry have been commissioned over the years, saying others were still ongoing.
She told the contractors “You will tell us all it takes to complete the housing projects in the region, because we are not happy that projects that started in 2012 have not been completed.”
Some of the contractors itemized the challenges they faced in handling various housing projects of the Ministry in the Niger Delta region to include poor mobilization on the part of the Ministry, causing them to be indebted to their banks, security challenges, and construction fatigue, where a project of one year was extended to six years, among others.
Meanwhile, Director of Housing and Urban Development in the Ministry, Engineer Funsho Adebiyi said the Ministry would address all issues raised by the contractors, in order to ensure a smooth completion and handing over of the housing projects to the end users.
Source: Federal Ministry Of Information And Culture