Govt Reaffirm Resolve To Complete Riverine Road Projects Projects

 BY ANDREW IKEHI

DELTA State Government has said that despite the challenges in the construction of link roads and bridges in the riverine areas of the state, it is irrevocably committed to ensuring that  projects in the area  come to fruition in record time.

The State Commissioner for Special Duties (Special Infrastructure) Barrister (Mrs) Orezi Esievo gave the assurance during an inspection tour on the 26-kilometer Warri Ode-Itsekiri Road with 23 bridges and the 11-kilometer Sapele Abigborodo / Arowon road with two bridges , both in Warri South and Warri North Local Government Areas of the State.

Esievo who was conducted round  the project site by the contractors handling the projects, expressed satisfaction at the pace of work and the quality of job done so far just as she appealed to Deltans to be patient with the present administration, saying that the administration of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan is passionately committed to the welfare of Deltans.

“I like the pace of work and the quality of job done so far. This administration is set to make sure that it finishes some of the mega projects it embarked upon”

Empathizing with the contractors on the challenges they are currently going through with the difficult terrain which they say is swampy and muddy  (Mangrove Swamp), the commissioner said, “You can see, it is difficult to build here. This is what we are going through. You need to come here and appreciate what construction is all about in the riverine area. That is what this administration is going through.”

However, she said, “despite the difficult terrain, it does not discourage us as government, construction must go on as planned”

At the Warri, Ode-Itsekiri road where the state government is currently embarking on the construction of Eight Roads measuring cumulatively about 26 Kilometers with 23 bridges, as well as three more proposed roads, the Area Manager, Delta State SETRACO (The Company handling the project), Engineer Elle Chedid said that despite the difficult terrain which he described as muddy (Mangrove Swamp) with accumulation of woods, the challenge, given the available resources, the commitment on the part of the state government and that of the company (SETRACO) is not insurmountable.

“The state government is trying, I must commend their effort. SETRACO on its parts is trying. You can see my equipment, they are lying idle. I can tell you that they are one of the best in the world today. I feel with the state government on the difficulty it is going through on this project. I have worked all over the state and have seen different terrains, but I have not seen a terrain that is as difficult as this. However, given the commitments on our part and on the part of the state government, we will conquer it” Engr. Chedid assures

Meantime, residents in the area who included Mr Monday Agbeyi, Secretary, Abigborodo Community Trust, Comrade Daniel Alatan, PRO, Abigborodo National Youth Congress, and Mrs Elizabeth Ekede, among others, commended the state government for the project urging it to ensure its speedy completion in order to open up the area to massive socio-economic activities.

The POINTER reports that the projects are being handled by LEVANT CONSTRUCTION LIMITED (Sapele Abigborodo/Arowon road/bridges) and SETRACO COMPANY LIMITED (Warri, Ode-Itsekiri road/bridges)