*Commences work on second section of PH-Aba road
The federal government has committed N33 billion to a giant construction company, RCC, to commence work on the Eleme-Onne section of the East-West road in Rivers State.
The Minister of Works, Mr David Umahi, disclosed this yesterday, when he inspected the project and other ongoing federal government projects in the state.
Speaking at the site for the Eleme-Onne road construction, Umahi said President Bola Tinubu sent him on working visit to inspect the level of work ongoing at the sites. He explained that the project became a necessary mandate after Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara and the Minister of FCT, Nyesom Wike,visited the president on the matter.
“This road from Eleme to Onne port, the Rivers State people led by Governor Siminalayi Fubara and former governor Nyesom Wike-led delegation to come and see the president. The president directed that I should immediately come here and ensure that work has started. President has released N33billion in this project to RCC for them to start.
On a visit to the Port Harcourt-Aba section of the Port Harcourt-Enugu road project, the minister commended the contractor, CCECC, on what they have done so far, noting that the government was still owing the construction firm about N5 million, but assured them of completion of payment before the end of project.
“Thank you CCECC, beautiful work you have done. Excellent, beautiful bridges they have done. I gave them vote of confidence and I approve the work,” he said.
Umahi, who regretted that the project was not captured in the 2023 appropriation, assured the people that he would discuss with the President on how to sort fund to complete the project.
“Now you have paid N18billion. I direct you to return to site immediately. You supposed to have done a total of 12kilometers. You said we are even owing you another N5 million, so I direct you to return to site and what you are to do on both lanes down to Ala-Ojii in Aba is to remove all the silts in all the ditches, fill it with sharp sand, less 30-45cm, fill the 45 with stonebase in both lanes and allow vehicles to play on both lanes.
“And on this project, unfortunately, we only have N11billion in 2023 Appropriation. I am going to see how they get this, but I am going to report to Mr President to see if we can seek special funding for Port Harcourt-Aba road project. But I assure the contractor that funding will not be a problem. I want you to rule our your engineers, your machines, I will be coming to inspect the two lanes.