NDDC projects’ inspection team using the asphalt/concrete coring machine to test the quality of asphalt on the 14.80km road project in Ojobo-Tamigbe-Bomadi local government area, Delta.

Kelvin Peter – Warri

As part of effort by the Niger Delta Development Commission to ensure compliance to specifications, the Interim Management Committee of NDDC has introduced the use of asphalt/concrete coring machine for road project supervision.

There is strong public condemnation about poor quality of road projects by NDDC.

The Executive Director of Projects Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, used the equipment during the inspection of the 14.80km road project by at Ojobo-Tamigbe-Bomadi local government area, Delta state.

He inspected the projects with a road inspection machine known as, Asphalt/Concrete Coring Machine to fully assess if the level of works done met specifications.

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During the inspection, Ojougboh said that the NDDC Interim Management Committee would lay a foundation that will bring the Commission back to what the founding fathers had in mind.

He expressed satisfaction over the quality of asphalt used on the road, saying that it met the NDDC’s specification.

“Our desire is that when we as the Interim Board leaves the NDDC, we would have laid a track that can lead the NDDC to the greater goals so we are taking our time, we do not mind the pains or struggles to make sure that we lay the foundation that will bring up the NDDC to what the founding fathers had in mind.”

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“This 14.80Km road Projects with Bridges is a sort of regional project that NDDC should concentrate on; and from what we have seen, the quality of road is encouraging. We want our local contractors to emulate this standard of work.”

“You have seen that, now the NDDC is a new NDDC and no longer the NDDC of old. We are able to now core the asphalts to know that the thickness according to specification.”

“The only problem we have now is that, this multi-billion 14.80km Bomadi road contract is grossly over valued. So our quantity surveyors and our team of engineers will see how the commission can get to the correct and appropriate pricing and then we will now talk with the contractors on how to address the issue. However this project is something beautiful to the eyes.”

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“Therefore the commission would want to bring a lot of our jobs to this standard.”

The NDDC team also inspected other projects in Delta state including construction of Gbaregolor/Gbekebor/Ogulagha road, phase 1 with Bridges, construction of modern motor park with shops/toilets at Esenaebe Community Bomadi Overside, Bomadi LGA, Reclamation of Abigborodo community and Housing units (Lot 4) and Sand filling, lot 7 Shore-Protection Abigborodo, emergency Repairs of failed and unmotorable sections of Ekrerhanwen Orhokpokpor road Agbarho and others.