Odigie-Oyegun made this demand during a courtesy visit to the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja by the Minister.
The APC National Chairman expressed his disappoinment that despite huge funds sunk into the East-West Road by successive administrations since 2006, the 338km dual carriage road, which traverses towns in Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Delta States still remains uncompleted.
According to him: “You have one of the most challenging and strategic assignment as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs. The Niger Delta is an area that had been steeped in unrest. You must ensure that the unrest does not arise again.
“You have the East-West Road which is a major challenge. It will be a significant achievement for this administration if the project is completed. The project will go a long way in assuring the region that this government is working in their interest.”
The construction of the East- West road was first contracted in 2006. The road was initially divided into four sections, but late 2014, a fifth section was added to it by the SURE-P, covering Oron to Calabar in Cross River State.
Responding, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru said the ministry under his watch was poised to contribute to the achievement of the party’s Change Agenda for the country and also bringing sustainable development to the Niger Delta area.
He promised to give priority to the completion of the East-West road.