Reps ask minister to revoke east-west road contract 

Elizabeth AtimeJuly 3, 20243 min

The representatives expressed dismay over incompetence of the contractors handling the east-west road, a key niger delta project and demanded a revocation of the contract 

Rep on east-west road

The House of Representatives has called on the minister of works, Mr. David Umahi, to immediately revoke the contract for the construction of the east-west road awarded to Rock Result Nigeria Limited and other contractors and re-award same to a company with expertise and capacity.

This was sequel to a motion on the “need to revoke the contract for the construction of flooded sections of the East-West road connecting major communities in Bayelsa State” moved by Rep. Obok Oforjil (PDP, Bayelsa) during Tuesday’s plenary in Abuja.

Moving the motion, Oforjil stated that the east-west road is one of the important roads in the federation which has significantly contributed to the country’s economic and social development as it connects major regions. It also facilitates trade, commerce, and cultural exchange, as well as improved access to markets, industries, and social services.

He explained that the ministry of works awarded the contract for the construction of the box culverts for the repairs of the flooded section of the east-west road (Kaiama-Ahoada section) to Rock Result Nigeria Limited, but the company has failed to execute the contract, causing traffic disruptions, loss of lives and fatalities.

Recall that on 11 April,2024 the current Minister of Works on an inspection tour at East-West Road praised Rock Result Nigeria Limited, but till date nothing has been achieved.

“The east-west road has been in a dilapidated state for years particularly at Iheke in Ahoada East Local Government of Rivers State, Aven in Patani and Umeh in Isoko South Local Government Areas of Delta State connecting Bayelsa State to Rivers and Delta States and other parts of the country.

“The Federal Government is prioritizing the coastal road over the crucial east-west road, which is vital for the country’s economic survival.”

The House adopted the motion and mandated its committee on works to ensure compliance.

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Elizabeth Atime

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