By Egufe Yafugborhi
WARRI—MINISTER for Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Steve Oru, has said that the ministry will be considered a failure if the East-West Road project was not completed on schedule, urging contractors to explore night duty and other commitments critical to meeting completion deadline by end of the year.
Dr. Oru in a chat with engineers of Setraco, the contractor on Section 1 of the project between Effurun (Delta) and Kaiama (Bayelsa) said it was the desire of President Goodluck Jonathan to have the East-West Road completed and commissioned in December.
He said: “As the man charged with the responsibility of carrying out this desire of the President, I implore you to tell us what is needed to go the extra mile in realising this strong desire of the President.
“We believe you must begin to consider working at night and increasing your resources as steps towards fast tracking the job.
“The East-West Road, without any iota of doubt, is the flagship of the Niger Delta Affairs Ministry. The failure of the project is therefore, failure of the ministry. Its completion is the surest measure to judge the success of the ministry.
“This is a point of worry for the President and the ministry over the non-completion of the project thus far.”
At the 900 meters Patani Bridge, Raed Salibe, Project Manager for Setraco said six out of nine segments of the second bridge had been laid, adding that “the remaining three and full completion of the Section 1 would be met by December.”
The minister was, however, not impressed by the pace of work at the Kaiama Bridge where he rejected the December 2015 completion date projected by Setraco.
He said: “That date is not acceptable. The President is receiving frequent complaints from his people who are accusing him of abandoning this section of the road. You have to redouble your efforts to give us an acceptable date.
“If you say this bridge was started in 2012, then you have not shown enough commitment on this section.”