Contractors handling major Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) projects have told the leadership of the interventionist agency that they would only return to site if the Commission pays them.
According to People’s 93.1 F.M. news monitored in Yenagoa, the projects in question are those abandoned in Akwa Ibom State for years as a result of non-settlement of Interim Payment Certificates (IPCs).
The contractors reaction is coming on the heels of an appeal by the NDDC Sole Administrator, Mr. Efiong Akwa, for the contractors to return to site to complete the projects.
Akwa had made the appeal while on a project inspection visit to Akwa Ibom State.
Some of the projects include the Regional Specialist Hospital, Mkpat Enin Local Government Area and the 175-room University of Uyo hostel located at the permanent site of the institution in Uyo Local Government Area.
Mr. Blessing Umoh, Structural Engineer for the regional hospital, described the project as a three-in-one complex comprising Orthopaedic, Cardiovascular and Children/Maternity sections.
Director of Corporate Affairs, NDDC, Ibitoye Abosede, in a statement said the commission was doing everything possible to enable the contractors return to site.
He did not state the things the NDDC was doing to make the contractors return to site.