By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa â€” Work has commenced on the multibillion naira Yenagoa-Brass road project which was awarded two weeks ago by the Federal Government in line with its promise to open up the hinterland of Bayelsa State in the wake of the presiden-tial amnesty granted Niger Delta militants.
Yenagoa-Brass road project is expected to link the state capital to Oloibiri and Brass on the Atlantic fringe.
Though the road project had been on the Federal Governmentâ€™s drawing board since 1970 when it was first awarded by the GeneralÂ Yakubu Gowon administration, nothing tangible was done.
It was again awarded in 1983 but was botched before it was again re-awarded in 1990 and abandoned.
The first phase of the 33km road project stretching from Yenagoa to Kolo Creek in Ogbia local government area of the state is being handled by Enerco Construction Company and is expected to be completed in two years.
The project Manager of Enerco, Engineer Habib Shammout, said in Yenagoa that the road would open up the oil producing areas and aid rapid development.
He said they had to mobilize to site in earnest so as to meet up with the target set by the federal government which is desirous to develop the Niger Delta.
According to him, the first phase of the road project, Yenagoa â€“ Yenegwe – Okarki â€“ Kolo Creek, is being handled by Enerco, while the second and third phases comprise Kolo creek â€“ Nembe and Nembe â€“ Brass.
Already, the Ogbia-Nembe stretch of the road is being handled by the SPDC in collaboration with the Niger Delta Development Commission, while the Bayelsa State government had initially agreed to handle the Nembe-Brass end of the road.
But it could not be ascertained if the state government would back out of the project following the recent award by the federal government.