The Senate has summoned Mrs Ibim Semenitari, the acting managing director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), to appear before it on Tuesday, October 4.
According to Vangard, She has been called upon to give a detailed report on the abandoned construction of Shore Protection Project at Koko, Warri North local government area in Delta state.
Also summoned is a serving senator purported to be the owner of the company that was awarded the contract. The report was however silent on the identity of the said senator. The company was alleged to have received over N2 billion for a contract valued at N309 million on September 15, 2006 but the project was abandoned.
Meanwhile, the Senate committee on Niger Delta affairs will on Tuesday, October 4, commence the screening of Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, the former Senate leader, as chairman of NDDC and other members by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi-led Senate committee on Niger Delta.
Speaking with newsmen, Nwaoboshi who also represents Delta North senatorial district vowed to punish the perpetrators involved in the matter.
He also expressed his dissatisfaction over why a contractor will be paid a huge sum of money to carry out their work and not return the excesses to the government.
Nwaoboshi, also said the director, legal department of the commission must explain why such money was paid and no follow up made.
“What we saw at Shore Protection Project in Koko, Warri North, Delta state, is a disappointment.
“The protection project is a disaster and we are going to summon the contractor, the acting NDDC managing director for not doing anything.
“We are going to ask the legal department to take action in recovering the money ,” he said.
When asked by newsmen if the committee would summon the serving senator who was alleged to be involved, Nwaoboshi replied, “ I know where your are going to, we are going to summon anybody, the Senate has the capacity to do that. Even if the person is a Senator, we will summon him,” he said.
However, Alex Ideh, a community leader, who paid a courtesy visit to the Senate told the Senators that the abandonment of the project has left his people suffering.
He asked the Senate to interfere by asking the said senator to refund the money to allow for the project to be given to another contractor.