Contractors need N100 billion to complete East-West road project – Amaechi.
Work going on at the Kayama Bridge in Bayelsa State during an inspection visit by the Minister of Transport, Mr Chibuike Amaechi to the construction site on Thursday (7/6/18). 03075/7/6/2018/Albert Otu/ICE/NAN
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said N100billion would be needed by the contractors to complete the dualisation of the East-West road.
Mr Amaechi, together with the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Uguru Usani, said this during the inspection tour of the dualisation of the East-West road, which started from Warri to Eleme junction.
According to him, political opponents are complaining that All Progressives Congress (APC) administration has abandoned the project which is not true.
He said that the road from Warri to Port Harcourt has been worked upon, saying that some sections had one lane completed while some areas had both lanes completed.
“I thank the cabinet and president for asking us to come, the reason I said that is because my initial knowledge was based on what our opponents were saying that the road was abandoned.
“We drove all the way from Warri without encountering any bad road; in some areas one lane was completed, and the two lanes completed in other areas
“We drove from Warri to Port Harcourt without any potholes.
“Those areas that the second lane have not been completed; the contractor said that if they get N57billion they will complete the project.
“The other contractor said he needs N43 billion, so, we still need about N100 billion to complete the project except from Onne to Oron, which is still negotiable,” he said.
He, however, said that the road from Onne to Eket has been completed except for the collapsing bridge, adding that from Warri to Patani only one lane was left to be completed.
Mr Amaechi said the second lane, from Patani-Ahoada-Eleme is being completed, all the way to Port Harcourt.
Source : IWN Online Editor
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