By Desmond Ejibas
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has attributed the delay on completion of its new headquarters to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic affecting many countries.
The commission said the global pandemic had delayed its importation into the country of materials and essential components needed for the project.
Dr Cairo Ojougboh, NDDC Acting Executive Director of Project, stated this in a statement on Monday in Port Harcourt by the commission’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Charles Odili.
According to him, the delay had affected the March 31 project completion date set by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the commission.
“The completion of the headquarters is no longer feasible because of the delay in importing materials already paid for due to Covid-19 pandemic.
“Based on the assessment of the situation, the contractor handling the project has affirmed that building would be handed over to us by April 30.
“We will hold the contractor liable to this deadline; just as we urge the contractor to to continue not to let the commission down,” he said.
The executive director expressed satisfaction with the pace and quality of work on the new NDDC office complex.
The Project Consultant, Mr Ebiwene Bozimo was quoted in the statement to having assured the commission of delivering the project on or before April 30.
“So, while we await the importation of materials, every task that does not involve anything external is going on at the highest pace on site,” he said. (NAN)