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NDDC yet to pay contractors that handled road projects in Abia- Orji Kalu



Former Governor of Abia State and Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu, on Monday disclosed that contractors that handled road projects which he facilitated in Abia state have not been paid by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.



As contained in a statement issued on his behalf by Emeka Nwala, Sen. Kalu maintained that the goal of the NDDC forensic audit as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari, was to focus on missing funds and not work done.


Recall that the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio had mentioned ex-governors Emmanuel Uduaghan, James Ibori, Sen. Ifeanyi Ararume, Kalu and others as beneficiaries of several contracts awarded by the commission.


Reacting, Kalu argued that his name was mentioned because he used his letter headed paper to write a sympathetic letter to NDDC in 2016 pleading with the commission to rescue roads in Abia, adding that the road projects mentioned were interventions he facilitated for the communities as a private citizen before he became a senator.


“Between 2016 and 2018 during my tour to several communities, leaders and welfare unions of most communities pleaded for urgent intervention on some dilapidated roads.


“I wrote to the NDDC informing the body of the conditions of these roads and the need for their attention since Abia is an NDDC state. The NDDC in their consideration which I am very grateful to, awarded the roads to companies that duly tendered for the projects and not me.


“Whatever link I have with the projects is because it was considered due to my intervention. The roads I requested for intervention as mentioned by the minister were repairs of Ezere-Acha-Ndiokoukwu road, Amaubiri-Eluama-Uru ring road and Lokpaukwu, Umuchieze Ndi Oji Abam-Atan road.


“Others are Okafia-Ozuitem-Bende and Ozu-Amuru-Abam roads. The contractors have completed and delivered these roads long time ago except Abam-Atani road, which I learnt from the contractors was slowed down due to rain but still ongoing.


“Meanwhile, the contractors who built these roads have not been paid any dime. I am much concerned about roads because I understand the economic importance of good roads,” he stated.

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