The construction of the East-West Road began during the reign of President Olusegun Obasanjo under the Niger Delta Ministry led by Senator Godswill Akpabio. When President Muhammadu Buhari took over the presidency he ordered the return of the project to the Ministry of Works and Housing.
The project which is still ongoing is being carried out in phases. Some of these phases/sections have already been completed. This includes phase one which was carried out by a team that comprised Nadeem Group and Setraco Nigeria Limited. According to Nadeem Group, this phase involved multiple engineering challenges including the construction of no fewer than 31 bridges in lengths ranging from 31 to 850 meters.
In 2022 President Muhammadu Buhari described the East-West Road as strategic and of economic importance to the people of South-South and Nigeria as a whole. The president also gave a directive that Section 4 of the road, from Eleme Roundabout to Onne junction, be fixed.
The president also described the project as the largest infrastructure in Nigeria.
Reported On 13 Oct 2015
Nigeria’s East-West road construction project is 90% complete
The East-West road construction project in Nigeria is now 90% complete and will be delivered within the coming few months. This announcement was made by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.
The dual carriageway road construction project will be expected to cost US$1.93bn. However, the Delta State section of the road is 100% complete according to Oru. The road construction project initially begins from Warri in Delta State stretching to Bayelsa, Rivers. Down to Eket in Akwa Ibom State and will traverse four states. its 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 assures full-on commitment to supporting the state government to advance development. More especially, through 200 youth training programs 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 percent completed,” he said.
The road construction project had been awarded US$150m by AfDB AND China Exim Bank was expected to finance an extension to Cross River State at US$1bn. The project was being undertaken by SETRACO contractors.