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11 June, 2018
Minister of Niger Delta, Usani Uguru Usani

FG Restates Its Commitment To Deliver On East West Road - Niger Delta Minister

The Federal Government has once again reiterated its commitment to deliver on critical infrastructure especially the East West road despite lean resources that is being generated.

According to the Minister of Niger Delta, Usani Uguru Usani, the Federal Executive Council has given preference to the timely completion of the East West Road because of its importance to the region and the nation at large. He added that government is poised to deploying available resources towards its actualization and delivery, hence, the setting up of an inter-ministerial committee comprising, Ministries of Power, Works and Housing, Niger Delta Affairs, Transport and Aviation and Information and Culture to see to the speedy completion of the road.

While conducting journalists on a road tour of the alignment, Usani stated that contrary to the general opinion that work is not progressing on the road, ‘you can see for yourself driving from Warri, Delta State where the road begins to section iv which is Oron, Akwa Ibom State, that substantial work has been achieved’.

The Minister added that though there are some remedial works to be carried out on some of the completed sections of the road, he could attest to the fact that there is an improvement and immense progress recorded compared to 2016 when the inter-ministerial committee visited.

He also acknowledged in his address that section v, which is the last section of the East West road will soon be awarded, stressing that government might in future consider the inauguration of the completed sections of the road as work progresses.

Usani was accompanied by his colleague, Minister of Transport and Aviation, Rotimi Ameachi, Permanent Secretary, Niger Delta, Alhaji Aminu Bisalla alongside with Director, Highways South-South, Engr. Charles Okonmah from Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and Director, Infrastructural, Engr. Uche Uzoegbu, Ministry of Niger Delta and other government officials.

The East West road is an arterial route conveying heavy traffic of goods and services especially those used in the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas in the Niger Delta region. The road is connecting Warri in Delta State to Oron in Akwa Ibom, through Kaiama in Bayelsa State and Port Harcourt in Rivers State.

The 338Km dual carriages equivalent to (676km single carriage way has 4 nos bridges) was initially awarded in 2006. The project is in four sections.

Section I of the road is 87.4km from Warri to Kaiama was awarded to Sectraco Nigeria

Section II, 101km is from Kaiama to Port Harcourt was also awarded to Sectraco

Section III with 99km is from Port Harcourt to Eket is been handled by RCC Nigeria Ltd, while

Section IV with 51km from Eket to Oron was awarded to Gitto Construczioni Nigeria Ltd.

The dualization of the East West road was transferred from the defunct Federal Ministry of Works (FMW) to Ministry of Niger Delta (MNDA) in 2009 to fast track the progress of work and the development of the Niger Delta region.

It is important to note that, the major challenges confronting the completion of the road is due to the short dry season period and unavailability of fund, as budgetary provisions alone cannot meet up with the demand and magnitude of the project.

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