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By Akinsuroju Olubunmi

Reps launch probe into unfulfilled N6.5 billion coastal protection contract in Ondo community.

Reps launch probe into unfulfilled N6.5 billion coastal protection contract in Ondo community

In a significant move, the House of Representatives has initiated an investigation into the unfulfilled N6.5 billion coastal preservation contract awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State back in 2006. This contract, meant to safeguard the coastline, has remained unexecuted, causing growing concerns. The motion titled “Need to Avert the Rising Tension of Sea Incursion Ravaging Ayetoro Community in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State,” was tabled by Hon. Donald Kimikanoh Ojogo, APC-Ondo, during the plenary session.

Presided over by Deputy Speaker, Benjamin Kalu, the House assigned the Committees on Niger Delta Development Commission and Ecological Fund to thoroughly investigate the lack of progress on this contract. They are tasked with identifying potential remedies to halt the negative repercussions. A report is expected to be presented to the House within four weeks, outlining any necessary legislative measures.

This shoreline protection contract, valued at N6.5 billion, was originally granted by the NDDC over a decade ago. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, the House also called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to promptly provide temporary relief supplies, mitigating the immediate impact of the ongoing sea incursion.

The Committee on Legislative Compliance has been mobilized to ensure strict adherence to the recommended measures.

Highlighting the significance of Ayetoro Community, the motion emphasized that it not only serves as a vital revenue source for the nation but also boasts a rich historical and cultural heritage, nestled along the coastal expanse of Ilaje Local Government Area in Ondo State. The community, along with its surroundings, contributes a substantial 5.4 percent of Ondo State’s crude oil production, equivalent to approximately 3.7 percent of Nigeria’s total oil output.

As the NDDC law outlines, this places Ondo State at the 5th position among Nigeria’s oil-producing states.

During the vote, the motion garnered unanimous support from fellow members, underscoring the collective concern for the situation.

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