The East-West road construction project in Nigeria is now 90% complete and will be delivered within coming few months. This was made known by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs; Dr. Stephen Oru during a courtesy visit in Abuja by the Delta State Commissioner Special Duties in Charge of Abuja Liaison Office, Joel Bisina.
The dual carriageway road construction project will was expected to cost US$1.93bn. However, the Delta State section of the road is at 100% complete according to Oru. The road construction project initially begins from Warri in Delta State stretching to Bayelsa, Rivers all the way to Eket in Akwa Ibom State and will traverse four states. The construction project first commenced in 2006 under the supervision of the ministry of works until 2009 when it was handed over to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
According to Dr. Oru the ministry is determined and committed to support the state government to advance development through 200 youth training programmes for those residing in the oil rich Niger Delta region.“I am glad to inform the house that the East-West road is now 90 per cent completed,” he added.
The road construction project had been awarded US$150m by AfDB AND China Exim Bank was expected to finance extension to Cross River State at US$1bn. The project was being undertaken by SETRACO contractors.