The Nigerian Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi has expressed satisfaction and commended the ongoing dualisation of the East-West road project which connects the Niger Delta region.
The Minister who accompanied his Niger Delta counterpart for the inspection of the section II Subsection II of the East-west road from Warri, Delta State to Port-Harcourt, Rivers state, said contrary to negative reports the road has been reconstructed and not abandoned.
“My initial knowledge on what our opponents are saying, is that we have abandoned the East-West road. We drove all the way from Warri without heating any bad road. So, in some areas, one lane has been completed, in some areas, the two lanes have been completed. So, it means that you can drive all the way from Warri and to Port Harcourt without having to issues.”
“If I didn’t come, i would have been among those that think that nothing is happening in the Niger Delta. That’s why I told all the transportation Correspondents to come and see things as they are. If it is bad, they should report it that it is bad. But, I am sure you will not report that it is bad because we drove all the way from Benin to Port-Harcourt and there was no pot hole,” he said.
The Minister said according to the contractors 57 billion Naira was needed for the completion of the road from Warri to Kaiama in Delta State-Rivers while 43 billion naira was needed for the completion of Port-Harcourt to Eket road.
“Those areas where they’ve not completed the second lane, you heard the man saying that if they get the sum of N57 billion, they will complete it. So, I think that, most people are politicising the road. You see what RCC have said now, from Onne to Eket has been completed apart from the bridge that is collapsing somewhere. If they complete it from Onne to Eket, it means that, that section has been completed.”
He however lamented the issue of militancy and kidnappings going on in the area and urged indigenes to support the project to avoid being left behind in terms of development.
On his part the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Mr. Usani Uguru Usani said the Nigerian government has made the project a priority and sent the ministerial committee to inspect the road and report back.
He said the last section of the road is still on negotiation and more funds are needed for the completion of the project.