Tanker Drivers Seek RSG, NDDC’s Collaboration


The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers Petroleum Tankers Drivers, (NUPENG, (PTD) sective has called for collaboration efforts between the Rivers State Government and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on the rehabilitation of the East West Road, Refinery Junction to Eleme Junction section.
In an interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt on Monday, the immediate past chairman of the union, Comrade Timothy Ogbu, said such collaborative efforts would facilitate the early completion of the road rehabilitation.
Ogbu said members of the union have suffered on the road for long hours due to the poor state of the road particularly from the refinery junction Alesa-Eleme to Eleme junction.
He explained that the NDDC cannot do it alone without the direct supervision of the Rivers State Government engineers to ascertain the quality of materials being used by the contractors on the road rehabilitation.
The former labour leader urged the contractor to expedite action on the road rehabilitation, having  mobilized to the site over two months ago and yet the level of work is still at the surface level.
He challenged the contractor to exhibit the professional expertise in handling the road reconstruction and rehabilitation for durability and worthiness.
He said NDDC supervisors need to engage the services of the engineers from the state ministry of works for effective service delivery by the stipulated period as agreed in the award of the contract between the parties.
Meanwhile, The Tide investigation has revealed that the section of the road rehabilitation was awarded by the NDDC to Wester Group of Companies despite the efforts of the state government to fast track the rehabilitation of the road.
However, many motorists who spoke to The Tide have lamented the slow pace of the road rehabilitation by the contractor, Western Group of Companies.
Mr Chukwuma Ozike urged the contractor to complete the road on time as motorists and passengers are suffering on the road.
Mr Godfred Barisana called on the contractors to do a good quality job on the road, stressing that no concrete good work has been done on the road so far by the contractor. It urged the contractor to consider the long suffering of the people on the road and expedite action for early completion.

Philip Okparaji