FG completes Bodo-Boni road project, Umahi guarantees host community

FG completes Bodo-Boni road project, Umahi guarantees host community

The Minister of Works, Senator David Umahi, has assured that the Bodo-Bonny abandoned road and bridge project being undertaken by Julius Berger Construction Company in Rivers State will be completed in record time.

In a statement signed by Labor Minister Barr's chief spokesperson. Mr. Uchenna Oruji gave the assurance to Mr. Umahi on Wednesday during a courtesy visit to the office of the Federal Ministry of Works by a delegation of the Bodo Bonny Road Peace Committee, Abuja, adding that the project is a catalyst for an economic revolution in the region. He explained.

He noted that the project, which was about 84% complete, was awarded to Julius Berger Nigeria Ltd. by the previous administration, adding that despite commitments under the contract to deliver within the revised completion date, the contractor He pointed out that he was wondering why he wasn't at the scene.

While ordering the contractors to return to the site, Umahi criticized the company's position on changes to the project, even though Julius Berger PLC had signed an undertaking to complete the project without seeking further changes. , argued that the equipment should not be allowed to be moved. Off-site, you will be required to complete that project as agreed and assigned.

“I implore the Peace Committee to report to me on the progress on that path. The Bobo Bonny project has expanded to 199 billion. I have heard from the Ministry and NLNG Limited that there was a document signed by Julius Berger said the project cannot be changed, meaning the project cost cannot be increased, and the project is about 35 kilometers long. ”

“I would like to thank them for maintaining peace between the host communities and the contractor responsible for the project despite the delays, and the Ministry has confirmed that the Bobo-Bonny road project will continue until April 2024. “We're going to make sure it gets done. If they do, no one's going to hold this country to ransom. 'We can't do that, someone else will come and do it, and they'll do it better.' But my only responsibility to you is to keep any equipment out of sight until they complete the project. ”

The minister said the federal government would equally deal with coastal roads in areas where land is a bigger challenge, and that the cost would not come close to what the government was paying Julius Berger. stated.

Earlier, Acting Chairman of the Bodo Bonny Roads Peace Committee and Leader of the Delegation, Chief Dr. Charles John Jumbo, in response to the President’s remarks, spoke on the massive scale that the President is bringing to the roads sub-sector. He thanked the President for his intervention and appreciated the President's efforts. Ministry of Works Changing the Narrative of Road Infrastructure in Nigeria.

He expresses dissatisfaction with the sudden demobilization of the delegation from the field and the abandonment of the Bodo Bonny road and bridge project by Julius Berger, despite the federal government investing huge sums of money. He said that he had come to the minister's office for the purpose.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to you, our dear President, for appointing a highly qualified engineer and administrator like you to oversee the important Federal Department of Engineering. “Your appointment has certainly aroused hope in us for the success of various infrastructure projects in Nigeria, especially the Bodo Bonny road and bridge project,” he said.

Source: guardian.ng

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