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The Senate committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) projects has halted the ongoing construction of the 16 kilometre Otuoke road project in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa State.

Vanguard reports that the Senate was peeved by the progress of the work and ordered the contractor handling the project to stop work and vacate site immediately.

The order was given by the chairman of the committee, Senator Peter Nwaobushi in Yenagoa, during an inspection tour of various NDDC projects in the state.

He expressed anger over the poor performance of the contractor handling the road project that connects Otuoke, the home town of the immediate past president Goodluck Jonathan to the state capital, Yenagoa.

The committee chairman revealed that the contractor, after collecting the sum of N600 million mobilisation for the project, reduced the range to six kilometres without the knowledge of the NDDC, still no substantial work on ground to show for the money so far collected by the contractor.

The Senate committee also expressed discontentment with the snail pace work is ongoing at the Akenfa canal bridge in Yenagoa.

The committee, however, agreed that the slow pace of work was caused by the non-release of funds to the contractors.

The committee applauded the contracting firms handling the hostel project located at the Niger Delta University (NDU) Amassoma, for their pace of work despite the fact that the project was re-design to include drainages that would allow easy movement of erosion.

In a related development, the Senate on March 17 directed Solomon Arase, the inspector general of police to seal the Kogi state house of assembly complex till further notice.
The Senate leader, Ali Ndume, in a report said the house of representatives sought concurrence with the Senate on a delegation to Kogi state on the illegal removal of the Speaker of the Kogi state House of assembly.

The Senate declared that the impeachment proceedings embarked upon by five members of the state’s house of assembly is null and void.
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