N’Delta Ministry commissions N7b Imo-Rivers road, urges sustainability
Single 17.5 kilometres carriageway linking Okpala community in Imo State and Igwurita community in Rivers State, rehabilitated by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, has been commissioned.
Speaking at the commissioning of the phase one of project, which cost over N7 billion, the Minister of State of the Ministry, Sharon Ikeazor, expressed delight over the quality and timely completion of the project by the contractor.
She said the project was rehabilitated in line with the mandate of the Ministry to promote sustainable development, peace and economic prosperity of the Niger Delta region through the development of infrastructure.
The road, she disclosed, was awarded in phases due to its peculiarities.
“The completed section of the road comprises rehabilitation of the existing 17.5km single carriageway road from Okpuala community in Imo State to Umuohe-Igbodo in Etche Council of Rivers State, with standard carriageway of 7.3m width and 2.75m Shoulders.
“The pavement structure consists of 200mm soil cement stabilised sub-base, 200mm crushed stone base with 6Omm thick asphaltic binder course and 40mm asphaltic wearing course. Other works include construction of culverts and concrete lined drains.”
“I wish to commend the project contractor, Messrs Triacta/Hartland Nigeria Limited for completing the project even with the prevailing challenges,” she said.
The completion of the project, she added, would benefit the community by easing movement of goods to urban centres/markets and reduce travel time, among others.
“I, therefore, urge benefitting communities to put in efforts toward the maintenance of the facilities provided. The government will, where necessary, continue to complement your efforts,” she added.
Reacting, a chief from the community, Emmanuel Ikeagwu, applauded Federal Government for the project, saying it has help to boost the socio-economic life of the people.