BY GABRIEL OKECHUKWU, FRCN PORT HARCOURT
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola says the two hundred billion Naira Bodo-Bony Road project embarked upon by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration will be completed next year.
The Minister who made the revelation while on inspection of the project at Bodo Rivers State, also stated that Eleme axis of East West Road will be redesigned with flyovers to accommodate both industrial and private traffic.
The thirty eight kilometres Bodo-Bony link road kicked off in twenty fourteen with Initial sum of one hundred and twenty billion naira but has been reviewed upwards to two hundred billion naira.
The project which has advanced up-to sixty percent completion status will have thirteen bridges, while about five kilometres at Bony section of the road will be rigid pavement due to the swampy nature of the area.
Speaking during the inspection, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola who described the project as Federal Government’s efforts towards providing solutions to infrastructural challenges in the country, explained that the project is being funded under Task Credit Scheme between Federal Government and Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG.
On the East West Road, the Minister gave assurance that work will commence soon at the Eleme -Onne section with a new design that will accommodate the industrial activities at Onne Port and refinery.
On his part, the Controller of Works Rivers State, Olufemi Adetunji who acknowledged the difficulty in working within swampy terrain, said that appreciable milestones have been achieved already despite the challenges.
Mr. Adetunji maintained that the link road will create a lot of economic activities for communities in the locality.
While applauding Federal Government for the project, Leader of Peace Committee, Elder Rogers LongJohn acknowledged numerous economic benefits drivable from the project.
In the same vein, the Project Manager of the construction company, Mr. Thomas Haug who gave assurance of quality of work expressed optimism of Project delivery within time line