Wike Threatens Legal Action Against NDDC
By Samuel Victor Akpan
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has threatened to take legal action against the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) if it fails to refund the over three hundred million naira, out of the eight hundred million Naira counterpart fund the state committed for the construction of the Mother and Child Hospital within seven days.
Governor Wike issued the threat when the Management of NDDC led by its Acting Managing Director, Nelson Braimbaifa, paid him a courtesy call at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
Describing the situation as “unfortunate” and rubbishing talks of corruption, the governor explained the project for the Mother and Child Hospital was abandoned due to NDDC’s failure to come through with their part of the payment for the project.
“We had an agreement with you for Mother and Child Hospital that would cost N1.9bn, we gave you N800m, our own counterpart funding, you paid the contractor N459m and the contract was abandoned.”
Stating that the failed project had called into question his administration’s intergrity, he fumed at the response of the NDDC to calls to rectify the situation.
“You did not put a dime, we now said ok, we came and wrote you letters, refund us our money, our own money, N353m, up till now,” the Rivers governor said.
Governor Wike also accused the NDDC of derailing from its mandate to the people of the Niger Delta. He noted NDDC has become a political institution where funds are used for political purposes.
“Can you do projects in Rivers state without letting the state government know? You wake up in the morning, one politician comes that this road going to my house, go and make sure everything is done there because NDDC have become a political institution where money is sent there and it is used for political activities.”
He also stated that the Federal Government has deliberately refused to constitute the NDDC Governor’s Advisory Committee because majority of the South-South States are controlled by the PDP.
Correspondent Emeka Ortuka reports that earlier, Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Nelson Braimbaifa said the Commission has undertaken 1,793 projects, out of which 800 have been completed and 540 are yet to be completed. Professor Braimbaifa also said that there are 103 new awards.
“You’ve done almost about 800 projects in Rivers state and then we are where we are? What are the projects? 50 metres by one politician’s house? Can you do projects in Rivers state without letting the state government know?” Wike querried.