Goodluck Jonathan Decried The Lack Of Progress In The Construction Of Bodo-Bonny Road In Rivers.
Jonathan made his position known when he received a delegation of High Chiefs from Bonny kingdom led by the Amanyanabo of Bonny, King Edward Dappa Pepple, at the Presidential Villa.
The president noted that the N24 billion road contract awarded under former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration was revoked because of lack of proper design.
He said if the project had been implemented even at 5km a year, it would have been completed.
He explained that the contract had to be revoked because necessary requirements were not met in the procurement of the contract.
He assured the delegation that government was now ready to put up the procurement for the construction of the road.
“I will not want to bore you with details of the lapses in the first procurement of the Bodo-Bonny Road.
“Why the contract did not hold was because there were major lapses. It is almost like the story of the East-West Road that was awarded without proper design and so with time, it got stocked.
“We just had to come back and that is what happened to the Bodo-Bonny Road, we are now going back to proper procurement, proper design and proper cost.
“This time, God willing once we start, we will not stop again,’’ he said.
Jonathan noted that the contributions of Bonny people to national development were enormous, adding that the Federal Government would work with the people to bring development to the area.
The president appealed to the youth to continue to be patience with government as it explores ways to better their lot.
Earlier, the Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, had explained that since the contract was awarded in 2002, it had suffered a lot of setbacks.
“With three major bridges, it transverses 22 km of swampy terrain, while only about 15km is on land.
“The project suffered a lot of set back because it is not an easy road.
“The project traverses through swampy terrain covering about 22km having only about 15km stretch on dry land, with three major bridges.
“The first one to across Afam Creek about 407m, the second to cross Opobo Creek about 1,000m and the third one to cross Nanambia Creek about 507km.
“Progress was made nevertheless on the Afam Creek crossing, the contractor recorded about 62 percent progress and they were also able to build a few road.
“But in all, they were only able to record about 20 per cent in 11 years after it was awarded,’’ Onolememen said.
Onolememen assured that the Federal Government was on the verge of re-procuring the road.
The Supervising Minister for Education, Nyesom Wike, had also briefed the delegation of the approval of a Federal Polytechnic to be cited in Bonny.
He said that the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has already been directed to appoint a Rector and a Registrar to enable it to commence by September.
Earlier, the Amanyanabo had thanked the president for the great work he was doing for the country.
He noted that the Bonny kingdom was a direct beneficiary of such good works.
The monarch implored the Federal Government to implement the federal housing scheme in the area, establish seaport, harbour and dry dock.
He also urged the government to set up an oil terminals, health facilities and sand fill coastal towns in the area.
Source: From Oraye Franklin.