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The Federal Government on Tuesday opened the 7.85km single carriageway Isoko 2.1 billion naira ring road (Aviara-Uzere) in the Isoko South local government area of ​​the delta.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who unveiled the project, said with harvests of roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects completed across the country, government investments have started to show results.
The Tide source reports that the project has been awarded to Messrs. Levant Constriction Limited on 6 December 2013 for a total contract amount of N2.1 billion.
Represented by the Minister of State for Labor and Employment, Festus Keyamo, the President said that the federal government was committed to completing various road projects across the country.
This, he said, was intended to connect communities and create an easy transport flow for human and material movement.
“It is our commitment to improving road transport infrastructure and our determination to improve and facilitate business, create jobs and lift people out of poverty.
“These are the things that brought us here today because the results of our investment are showing.
“I can say with confidence that as we enter the final round of our administration’s tenure, we are also entering a season of project completion and delivery.
“As you can all see, today we are handing over the 7.85 km road, which connects Aviara-Uzere to Delta.
“A very important road that connects farming and fishing communities to facilitate the movement of their agricultural products. Connecting these communities together, this road becomes an essential part of our national road network,” he said.
Buhari noted that the road was built to the highest standard of design and workmanship, adding that if used well and not abused, it would last its intended life.
He warned against road abuses such as overloading vehicles and trucks that hasten damage to pavements and dumping petroleum products, among other practices that can damage roads.
“We must all do our best to avoid these practices, report them when they occur, and take legal action to stop them.
“The road is also a story of the ability of our people and the patriotism of the Nigerians who were directly employed to build the road.
“The dozens of indirectly employed suppliers who are responsible for supplying the machinery used in construction,” he said.
However, he urged people to always maintain speed limits of 100 km/h on highways.
Taking the floor, the Minister of Public Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, represented by Mr. Peter Umoren, Deputy Director of Highways at the Ministry, said that the inauguration marked the start of the second phase of completion of the projects across Nigeria.
According to Fashola, other completed road projects will be entrusted to the communities and governments of Yobe, Nassarawa, Gombe, among others, which have settled in Ekiti and Jigawa states.
“These projects represent major investments in road transport infrastructure, which is a commitment of the Buhari administration as an engine of economic growth and prosperity.
“These are visible and indisputable assets that prove what Nigeria’s resources are invested in from a combination of our earned resources and our borrowings,” he said.
Thanking all project stakeholders including the communities, Mr. Fashola commended the Presidency for their leadership, adding that their leadership is bearing fruit and changes are manifesting.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by the Commissioner for Works (Urban and Highways), Mr. Noel Omodon, commended the Federal Government for the project and called for more partnership to ensure the completion of the rehabilitation of roads and bridges .
According to Okowa, the state government is currently grappling with the construction of the federal Ughelli-Asaba highway and the Koka air bridge along the Asaba-Onitsha highway, among others.
He called on the federal government to consider the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Benin-Warri highway, the Sapele-Agbor highway and others which are currently deplorable.
In his welcoming remarks, the Permanent Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Housing, Mr. Bashir Alkali, said that the Buhari road infrastructure development program is a policy direction focused on job creation and economic development. .
Alkali, represented by Federal Controller of Works in Delta, Mr. Olawale Jimoh, said the construction of the Isoko ring road was aimed at promoting local content.
“The goal is to connect major arteries to refineries, ports, tertiary establishments and high-volume shopping malls to reduce travel times, vehicle maintenance costs, computer safety and security. “, did he declare.
On his part, the Regional Manager of Levant Construction Limited, Mr. Ghassan Fadel congratulated the community, the federal government and all the stakeholders for the completion of the project.
According to him, the community before the completion of the 7.85 km ring road was struggling to get their goods in and out of the community.
The General President of the Uzere Community, Mr. Brooklyn Essi, represented by Sir Edjoor Uyeh, thanked the Federal Government for the projects.
Essi, however, urged the government to build community link bridges and drainage canals to stop the annual floods seen in the community which he said could damage roads.