Revoke East-West Road Contract, Reps Tell FG

House of Representatives has urged the Federal Ministry of Works to revoke the contract for the construction of the flooded East-West Road, connecting major communities in Bayelsa State to Rock Result Nigeria Limited and re-award the same to a company with expertise and capacity.

This followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by the member representing Yenagoa/Kolokuma/Opokuma Federal Constituency of Bayelsa State, Hon. Oboku Abonsizibe Oforjil, at plenary on Tuesday.

Moving the motion, Oforji noted that the East-West Road is one of the important roads in the federation, which has significantly contributed to the country’s economic and social development, connecting major regions, facilitating trade, commerce, and cultural exchange, improving access to markets, industries, and social services.

He said the Federal Ministry of Works awarded the contract for the construction of the box culverts for the repairs of the flooded section of the East-West Road (Kaiama-Ahoada Section) to Rock Result Nigeria Limited, but the company has failed to execute the contract, causing traffic disruptions, loss of lives and fatalities.

The PDP lawmaker recalled that; “on 11 April 2024, the current Minister of Works on an inspection tour at East-West Road praised Rock Result Nigeria Limited, but to date, nothing has been achieved.

“Worried that East West Road has been in a dilapidated state for years particularly at Iheke in Ahoada East Local Government of Rivers State, Aven in Patani and Umeh in Isoko South Local Government Areas of Delta State connecting Bayelsa State to Rivers and Delta States and other parts of the country.

“Also worried that Federal Government is prioritising the coastal road over the crucial eastwest road, which is vital for the country’s economic survival,” he stated.

 

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