Finally, the East-West road project, which has been long overdue should be completed very soon because the Nigerian federal government has released a sum of ₦20 billion to fast-track the project. This plausible move by the federal government was disclosed by Senator Godswill Akpabio (Minister for Niger Delta Affairs) during his meeting with both the officials of the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) and those of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).
Also, present in this meeting were the road contractors that are currently handling the Sections I-4 of this project, which has been in execution since 2006.
Federal Government finally releases ₦20 billion for the completion of the east-West road project
When speaking about this newly approved fund, Senator Akpabio ordered that all the contractors handling this road project are to immediately return to the site for a fast completion in line with the directives of the President. He advised the contractors to be patient enough with his ministry as they will be coming up with a proper timeline for releasing the ₦20 billion approved sum after the proper signing of the necessary tripartite agreement. Below is an excerpt from the Senator’s speech:
“The project which was first awarded in 2006 was scheduled for completion by the end of 2010, but this could not be achieved due to inadequate funding. The physical progress of the East-West Road when the project was transferred to the newly created Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in 2008 was just 8 per cent of work done by Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
“However, additional funding received between 2012 and 2015 from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Subsidy Reinvestment and Development Programme (SURE-P) enabled the completion of two Sections which are now ready for commissioning. The outstanding sections and recently awarded upgrade contracts were rescheduled for completion by 2020.”
“The overall project achievement stands at an average of 76 per cent of the total 676km (338×2) carriageway for Section I-IV, a total of 611.05km of earthworks, 584.60km of asphaltic binder course, and 523.75km of wearing course, 1143 no. of culverts and a total of 41nos. bridges (total length of 5,483m) with the second 850m Imo River Bridge, Okoso, Mbiama, Patani-Eket and Kaima Bridges have been substantially completed as at March 2019.”
This is really good news for all the geo-zones in Nigeria because just few months ago, the Nigerian federal government similarly approved a huge ₦19billion for the construction of roads in the FCT, Kano State and Oyo state as well.
You can confirm this news in the video below from TVC News: