The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has stepped up efforts to ensure that the Commission’s 13-floor permanent headquarters complex along Eastern By-Pass in Port Harcourt is completed on schedule.

Members of the NDDC Interim Management Committee, IMC, led by the Acting Managing Director, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, were at the new office complex yesterday to assess the progress of work on the project.

Prof Pondei was accompanied on the inspection by the Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Chief Ibanga Bassey; the Acting Executive Director, Projects, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, and a member of the IMC, Ms Cecilia Akintomide.  

The NDDC Chief Executive Officer said he was hopeful that contractors would still be able to meet the agreed deadline for the completion of the project, noting: “March 31 is supposed to be the deadline for the completion of this project. But let us see how far the contractor can go.”

Pondei, who took members of the IMC on a tedious tour that saw them climbing up to the top of the 13-floor building, expressed satisfaction with level of improvement and encouraged the contractors to reach out to the NDDC management to resolve any challenges.

The Project Consultant Architect Ebiwene Bozimo, who took the IMC members on tour of the site, noted that apart from the 13-storey main building, the complex also included a four-storey ancillary building, gate house and reception.

He added: “Other facilities include drains, paved walkways, parking lots, retaining wall, sewage treatment plant perimeter fence and installation of four 800KVA and one 1000KVA generators.”

Bozimo explained that the ancillary building will accommodate facilities such as a medical centre, car park, restaurant, bank, among others, noting that all the service equipment for the main building were already on the site waiting for installation. “Other electrical equipment such as lifts and escalators are already being installed,” he said.

Charles Obi Odili

Director, Corporate Affairs.

March 23, 2020.