THE Delta Government has appealed to Setraco Construction Company to increase the pace of work in the ongoing Trans Warri-Ode-Itsekiri road project.
The state’s Commissioner for Works, Mr James Augoye, made the appealed on Wednesday while inspecting the extent of work on the project.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Warri-Ode-Itsekiri road project is in Warri South Local Government Area of the state.
Addressing newsmen after the inspection, Augoye commended the company for the quality of work so far done.
He said that the road was awarded on Aug. 22, 2006, by the previous administration adding that the contractor was mobilised to site on Sept. 10, 2007.
“This is one of the projects inherited by the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration. It is about 25.8 kilometres long with 19 bridges.
“At this moment, this administration decided to concentrate on the main alignment from Ubeji to Ode-Itsekiri.
“The contractor has completed 14 out of the 19 bridges. Once the rest bridges are completed, they will continue with the road work and get it finished.
“So, I appeal that they increase the pace of work to ensure that the work is completed by the end of 2021 as agreed with the contractor.
“We all know the economic situation in the country which is also biting hard on Delta but Gov. Okowa is doing everything possible to ensure he financed the project to completion,” he said.
Augoye said that the road would galvanise economic activities and by implication create huge employment opportunities when completed.
“The road has not been completed, yet it has opened up the other side of the river to economic activities. So if the other side of the river is completed, it means more industries will spring up for our youths to work,” he said.
Earlier, Mr Joseph Handi who represented the General Manager of Setraco in Delta, said that the COVID-19 lockdown affected the company’s pace of work.
“Very soon, we will resume work and if everything goes well, we will complete the work before the end of 2021,” he said.
Also speaking, Mr Adams Otimeyin, the Special Project Director of Trans Warri-Ode-Itsekiri road and bridges, said that 10 communities were expected to benefit from the multi-billion naira project.
“The road has opened up rural areas when coming from Ubeji. 10 communities will benefit from the project, we have accessed five villages, remaining another five communities,” he said. (NAN)
– Jun. 3, 2020 @ 17:05 GMT |