The initial deadline of March 31, 2020 for the completion of the Headquarters of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has been shifted to 30th of April over the delay in importing materials already paid for due to the outbreak of the dreaded Coronavirus disease- COVID-19.
This was disclosed by the lead contractor handling the project when the Technical Team headed by the Executive Director of Projects, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh visited the site to inspect the extent of completion following its initial target.
Addressing the NDDC’s technical team, the project Consultant, Arch. Ebi Bozimor, disclosed that the project has been moving in the fastest pace and the main consultant and subcontractors have been working day and night, flooding the site with materials, men and attention.
He said, “The only current challenge we may be facing are long lived items, things related to the world wide pandemic. However, every task that is not involved with anything external is going on at the highest pace and we have promised the Commission that every task that is not connected with oversee will be completed in and around early April, so that the long lived items will come and everything should be fine.
“Further, the initial deadline has been affected by the latest worldwide pandemic so we will collectively assess the impact in a later meeting with the commission’s technical team”.
Earlier, Executive Director of Projects, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh who expressed satisfaction over the current stage of the project, also commended the contractor for the fast job done.
He however noted, “The contractor has affirm and irrevocably so, that by the end of April, he will hand over this site and I want to hold him liable to it. I therefore urge the contractor to continue and not let the commission down”.