FG needs N100 Billion to complete the East-West Road from Warri-Oron.
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The Federal Government has stated that the sum of 100 billion naira is required to complete the remaining part of the East-West Road from Warri in Delta State to Oron in Akwa Ibom State. The entire project spans from Warri in Delta State to Calabar in Cross River State.
The Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi disclosed this at the weekend during the inspection tour of the East-West road in the company of his counterpart in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani.
Amaechi said, “I thank the Minister and the President for asking us to come. The reason why I say this is that, my initial knowledge on what our opponents are saying is that, we have abandoned the East-West road. You know that we drove all the way from Warri without seeing any bad road. So, in some areas, one lane has been completed, in some areas, the two lanes have been completed. So, it means that you can drive all the way from Warri to Port Harcourt without hitch. Those areas where they’ve not completed the second lane, you heard the man saying that if they get the sum of N59 billion, they will complete it”.
He added that “From Warri to Patani, what's actually remaining is one lane. The second lane, from Patani to Ahoada and from Ahoada to Eleme is being completed all the way to Port Harcourt. All the way to this place we are standing, the only place that has not been completed is between here and Eleme junction. For the Contractor, what he said he need is N57 billion actually. The other guy said he needs N43 billion and that's about N100 billion to complete the road”.
However, the Minister expressed dismay over the attitude of the youths in the South-South region towards the developmental agenda of the Federal Government, adding that the activities of militants are slowing down work and development in the region.
“I am not too happy with the militancy. You see, you will see every Contractor with Soldiers and Police and that is not right. I am working as the Minister for Transportation on Lagos-Ibadan Rail Project without army or police and there are Chinese there. Nobody is kidnapping them, no communal clashes, nobody is harassing them. Here, once you bring one project, everybody gathers. We must tell our young men that this cannot continue. If we don’t other parts of the Country will leave us behind”, he said.
On his part, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani, stated that lack of funds has been responsible for the delay in the delivery of the project, adding that the Contractors need funds to continue and be permanently on site to execute the job and complete it.
Speaking on when the projects are expected to be completed, he said, “As soon as people pay their taxes, stop militancy, bursting of pipelines and as soon as we get more revenue, the project would be completed.
“The FEC gives priority to this project and this is the reason this Ministerial Committee was established to come and do the assessment, the government is willing to source funds from whatever source to give attention to the project”. He said.
Usani further noted that, “the project started in 2006, so it is 12 years old today. I would say so far, the progress made upon our entry into the project on a proportionate rate has been far more progressive than the previous Administration. We have actually done much to give it preference”.
Also speaking, the Ag. Managing Director, Setraco Nigeria Limited, Dr. K.P. Ray Chaudhuri said the company was awarded the contract in 2009 to handle section I and II, stating that section I has been completed.
He said that one section was 80 per cent completed while the other section was 60 per cent completed. He noted that if government provide the necessary funds the East-West road could be completed in two years.
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June 12, 2018.