E-West Road: Dec 2014 completion date not feasible – Minister

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By EGUFE YAFUGBORHI & AKPOKONA OMAFUAIRE

WARRI — SUPERVISING Minister, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Ishaku Darius, has said that 50 percent of the 2014 appropriation for the ministry would be dedicated to the completion of the East-West Road.

He said that the December 2014 completion date by the erstwhile minister, Elder Godsday Orubebe, was not feasible owing to insufficient funds.

*The East-West Road ... not constructed without design, due process and financial plan.

*A failed portion of the East-West road

The minister, while inspecting the Warri – PortHarcourt Section of the East-West Road, responded, when asked how much was budgeted for the road in the 2014 budget, “We don’t have the budget yet, we only have appropriation as the budget has not been passed. But 50 percent of the appropriation will be dedicated to the East-West Road.

“The contractors are doing their best from what I have seen, they have filled all the places that flood washed away, if they continue like this by December they would have done appreciable work.”

Commending Setraco for doing a good job on sections of the road, Darius said: “I cannot project a completion date when I don’t have the funds. We will ensure that the stretches that are highly congested like Eleme and others are done quickly to ease traffic.”

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