First Lady's "Mother" Burial: NDDC Threatens to Terminate Okrika Link Road Project


Worried by the slow pace of work on the road leading to Oba-Ama, the home town of Madam Charity Iwari Oba, the late mother of First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has threatened to terminate the Abam-Abibo-Oba- link road project over non-performance of the contractor handling the project.
The commission is apparently worried that the road project would not be completed before the burial of Oba scheduled for the end of the month.
Speaking with journalists shortly after inspecting the projects, the acting Managing Director of NDDC, Dr. Christy Atako, expressed displeasure at the extent of work done on the Igbiri-Oba Link road in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State, which was awarded since 2009.
Atako said: “That project was awarded in 2009, it is made up of four bridges, and I didn’t see any work going on, there is nothing significant to justify the money paid to the contractor.”
She said the commission had also stepped up work on the Borokiri-Okrika road and bridges, which when completed, would link the Old Port Harcourt township to communities in Okrika Island of the state.
She said the six-kilometre asphaltic concrete Igbiri-Abam-Abibo-Oba link road has four bridges, and 2.5 kilometre concrete drains with cross section of 600x600mm, while the 3.65 kilometre Okrika–Borikiri road has three bridges connecting Kolabi, Abotoru and Okpoka creeks to Port Harcourt.
In another development, the supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, has constituted five committees to take charge of various assigned responsibilities for the burial of the mother of Mrs. Jonathan.
A statement signed by the Secretary of the publicity committee, Mr. Jerry Needam, listed the committees as mobilisation, headed by the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Felix Obuah; transport, chaired by former chairman of the Rivers State Tourism Board, Hon. Chukwuemeka Woke; and medical headed by Dr. Chike Princewill.
Others include accommodation and publicity committees headed by former Commissioner for Sports, Hon. Boma Iyaye, and former Commissioner for Information, Hon. Emma Okah, respectively.



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