…assures on completion of on-going projects
By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA—The Federal Government yesterday assured Nigerians, especially the people of Niger Delta, that it would complete the various on-going developmental projects worth over N2.156 trillion in the region in the next five years.
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, who stated this while highlighting the progress made in the implementation of programme and projects by the ministry at the 2010 ministerial press briefing, said the coast was clear with favourable atmosphere which will enable the ministry to deliver services to the people.
Elder Orubebe said government was working with United National Development Project, UNDP, multi-national oil companies and international donor agencies, as well as other development partners to set up a Trust Fund, with a view to raising funds to fast-track infrastructural development required in the region.
The minister, who declared it was collectively agreed by Nigerians and the international community that the time to develop Niger Delta was now, gave the breakdown of on-going infrastructural development projects in the region to include the dualisation of East-West road project, construction of coastal highways, the East-West railway projects, other roads projects, new town development, construction of housing units and human capital development.
According to Orubebe, the dualisation of East-West road was transferred from the Ministry of Works to the Ministry of Niger Delta in 2009, “with less 10% of the work completed,” adding that “today, work on all sections of the road has progressed to over 40% completion”. He said the project was to cost over N200 billion when completed by 2012.
He said contract for the N1.5 trillion dual carriage coastal highway, which the minister described as another major infrastructural development programme of the government, would be awarded to a competent contractor by next month.