Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, has disclosed that the cost of the dualisation of the 362-kilometre East-West road project, which is put at N560 billion, would be reviewed so that the contract is executed within the estimated value and specifications in design.
Salisu Dambata, the director of information explained that the auditors, who would be engaged by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, would also ascertain whether the work done so far was commensurate to the N270 billion the Federal Government spent on it.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government started works on the project in 2006 but it was transferred to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in 2008 with the intent to speed up its implementation, links cities and many communities in five out of the nine Niger Delta Region states of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River.
The minister assured the people of the Niger Delta Region that the dualisation of the East-West road from Warri to Calabar was of premium priority to the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and would be completed.
He said rather than commission the project in phases, the federal government would prefer to commission the project when all sections are completed.
Earlier, the Minister and Minister of State and engineers from the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs had driven on the road from Warri in Delta State to Port Harcourt, stopping at appropriate points along the route to inspect bridges, assess culverts, view drainages, make observations and seek for clarifications where necessary.
The minister was expected to inspect the Port Harcourt to Oron in Akwa Ibom State section of the road over the weekend.


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