…. orders Julius Berger back to the site
The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Works, has assured the host communities of the Bodo-Bonny Road and Bridge projects in Rivers State of the completion of the Bodo-Bonny Road and Bridge by April 2024.
David Umahi, the minister of works, gave this assurance during a meeting with the delegation of Bodo–Bonny Road Peace Committee in Abuja.
According to the minister, the project which was awarded to Julius Berger Nigeria Plc by the previous administration is a catalyst for economic revolution in the area. He however lamented that only about 84% of the project had so far been completed.
He noted that the partnership agreement in 2017 between the Federal Government via the Federal Ministry of Works and NLNG on modalities for the funding of the project. Umahi however wondered why Julius Berger Nigeria PLC was no longer on site despite their commitment under their agreement to deliver within the revised date of completion.
A statement issued by Orji Uchenna, the chief press secretary to the minister partly read, “No equipment must be allowed to be moved out of site, they must complete that project as agreed and as signed and nothing has removed that responsibility which they willingly on their own signed. I implore you the peace committee to report to me the progress that has been made on that road.
“Bobo-Bonny project was augmented to N199 billion, I am told by the Ministry and NLNG Limited (NLNG) that there was a document signed by Julius Berger that the project cannot be varied which means that the project cost cannot be increased, the project is about 35 kilometres.
“Nobody will hold this country to ransom, if they cannot do it, another person will come and do it and finish it even better but the only charge I give to you is not to allow any equipment out of site until they complete the project.”