Chairman of the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Senator Bassey Ewa Henshaw, has disclosed that commission is owing its contractors N1trillion, however, only contractors whose jobs meet completion specification will be paid.
The commission Chairman disclosed this in Calabar yesterday when he received an audience of the Cross River State representative on the board, Mr. Paul Adah.
He said the debt, would not hinder the commission from embarking on legacy projects that fit into the transformation agenda of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration. Henshaw also noted that the board of the commission would heed the president’s advice not to award new contracts until all the existing ones are completed.
“We will follow the president’s directive on, ‘no award of new contracts. Part of the reasons that was responsible for the inability of contractors to do their jobs was lack of monitoring and proper evaluation of work done.
“To solve this problem, we will engage professional consultant to monitor and evaluate the state of work done on the sites of all the projects in order to enable us get first-hand information. The state of abandoned projects is worrisome.
“We are also worried about the debt incurred by the commission. We may not have funds to pay the debt which is over N1trillion but all the contractors whose jobs are certified in line with the specification of the commission will be paid,” Henshaw said.