Nigerian government has released N11 billion and mobilised Julius Berger Construction Company to site as contractors for the construction of the Calabar- Itu dual carriageway.
Speaking on Sunday during the inspection tour of the site by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate) Senator Ita Enang, Regional Manager of the company, South East, Mr Juergen Fischer, said they were constructing the critically failed portions to ensure free flow of traffic before commencement of the actual dualisation.
Fischer said the relocation of electrical poles to enable the company complete the project as scheduled will be a challenge that may likely hinder the project but he assured the people of Akwa Ibom State that the road would be constructed in line with specifications and within 28 months record time.
“We have been mobilised to site, we have started with the Calabar section and we have two bridges there. One of the bridges has to be reconditioned, while one will be new.
“Our structural engineers will be here next week to start investigation. With the resources available, we will speed up to complete the project in record time,” he said.
Speaking to newsmen after the inspection, the Senior Special Assistant to President on National Assembly (Senate) Enang, said his visit was to ascertain the extent of work done.
He said the Federal Government has provided N11billion to complete the 12km Akwa Ibom section of the Calabar – Itu dual carriageway.
“We are here at Calabar – Itu – Ikot Ekpene Federal Highway where the Federal Government awarded contracts for Julius Berger Nig. Plc. for the dualisation of the road.
“I came here on behalf of the Federal Government to look at the extent of work that is going on. I am impressed by the extent of work; this is the Akwa Ibom section of the project.
“What Julius Berger is doing here is to work on the areas that have broken down for free flow of traffic before they do the actual dualisation. We also came to see the extent they have gone because we have money in the budget this year.
“What they are using to start is the mobilisation that FG has given to them. We want to see the extent the mobilisation will take, so that we can provide more for them,” Enang said.
The Company Liaison Officer, Mr Ofonime Otu, said that the youths and the entire Akwa Ibom people were happy to see the commencement of the construction of Itu – Calabar dual carriageway.
Otu assured the contractors that there would be no disruption of the project by anyone from the communities.
“The entire Akwa Ibom people are very happy with the Federal Government for the commencement of this project. We were expecting this long time ago,” he said.