Politics East-West Road Cannot Be Completed in 2014- Niger Delta Minister



The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr Steve Oru on Monday in Abuja, said the 2014 timeline for the completion of the East West road was not realistic.

Oru made this known when he met with the House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta.

He blamed the inability of the contractors handling the road project to complete the work as schedule on the rough terrain and effects of climate change.

"Other reasons affecting projects executed by the ministry include poor funding and partial release of budgetary allocations,’’ the minister said.

Oru said that completion of some aspects of the construction of the bridge over river Nun at Kaiama might be extended to April 2015.

He said that the same would go for final asphalt wearing course on one of the dual carriage ways between Kaiama and Mbiama.

The minister recalled that the road was awarded in four sections to three contractors and scheduled for substantial completion by the end of 2014.

He promised that progress of work would be much higher in the dry months ahead.

"Out of the total length of 676 km (338X2) carriage way, about 535.13 km of earthworks, 470.32 km of asphaltic binder course and 398.36km of wearing course have been completed to date.

"Also completed are 921 culverts out of the 1013 numbers. Thirty seven bridges have been substantially completed out of the 41 bridges which include the second Imo River Bridge (850M long) and Okoso bridges (288m long) in the zone,’’ Oru said.

He said that the ministry planned to extend the East-West road from Oron in Akwa Ibom to Calabar, Cross River.

He said this was to enhance the full potential of the entire East-West Corridor from Warri (Effurun) in Delta to Oron Akwa Ibom.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Warman Ogoriba (PDP Bayelsa), urged the ministry to put more pressure on the contractors to ensure speedy completion of the project.

According to him, the East-West road is very important to the people of Niger Delta and indeed Nigerians.

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