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Reps to investigate NDDC over alleged abandoned shoreline project in Bayelsa

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The House of Representatives has mandated the Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to liaise with  NDDC  to investigate alleged mismanagement and abandonment of Amassoma Community Shoreline Protection Project in Bayelsa.

The resolution followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. Ambaiowei Ebikebina (PDP-Bayelsa), during plenary in Abuja on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) recalls that the Amassoma Reclamation/Shore Protection Project was awarded by the NNDC on
June 10, 2019 to IDEKI Services Ltd.

Moving the motion,  Ebikebina said that  Amassoma in Southern Ijaw Federal Constituency of Bayelsa,  is one the communities that had persistently endured  flooding,  leading to the 2022 devastating flood in the area.

This,  he said, sacked communities,  creating huge humanitarian crisis, adding that the flood situation was  heightened by climatic changes,  making the situation increasingly unbearable.

He said the people of Amassoma and other areas within Southern Ijaw federal constituency,  were at risk of facing another devastating flood and displacement from their homes.

He said that only an immediate action  would assuage and give comfort to the Southern Ijaw constituents and  avert  traumatic experiences of the past.

Adopting the motion, the house said such shoreline project was a critical intervention project, adding that the previous companies must be held accountable for alleged waste of  public funds.

The house urged the  NDDC to re-mobilise  a contractor to complete the Amassoma community shoreline protection project.

The house also urged the contractor to engage competent consultants to supervise the project and ensure that it was executed diligently to completion before September.

The house mandated the  NDDC to assess the project to ascertain the extent of work done by the numerous contractors since the project was first awarded.

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