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Contractors Urge FG To Fund NDDC Budget

Dressman Darlinton-Gbolobofa, the National President of NDICA, emphasized to reporters in Port Harcourt that the timely release of the…..

By Tamuno Briggs

Contractors employed by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) have urged the Federal Government to promptly disburse the approved budget allocation for the commission. The Senate had granted approval for over N1tn to be allocated to the commission’s budgets for 2021 and 2022. However, the Niger Delta Indigenous Contractors Association (NDICA) expressed their concern on Thursday regarding the delay in the release of these funds, stating that it was negatively impacting the performance of the NDDC.

Dressman Darlinton-Gbolobofa, the National President of NDICA, emphasized to reporters in Port Harcourt that the timely release of the funds was crucial for the interventionist agency to operate effectively and fulfill its designated responsibilities.

Darlinton-Gbolobofa said, “It is one thing for the budget to be passed and approved, it is another thing to fund the budget.

“So, we are pleading with the Federal Government to release the funds to the commission so that the MD and his team can carry out their functions effectively.”

Likewise, he urged multinational oil and gas corporations functioning in the area to expedite the transfer of their funds to the NDDC, allowing the administration to address its contractual obligations promptly.

While commending President Bola Tinubu for disbanding the boards of certain federal agencies, the association expressed gratitude to the President for retaining the NDDC management under the leadership of Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, whom they regarded as an individual of unwavering integrity and expertise.

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