Rivers approves N222.1bn Trans-Kalabari road contract

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Rivers State Executive Council has approved the award of a contract for the construction of the main Trans-Kalabari Road project at N222.1bn.

The council approved the contract during its meeting on Wednesday, May 15, presided over by Governor Siminalayi Fubara, and attended by the deputy governor, Prof Ngozi Odu, and other members at the Government House.

Speaking after the meeting, the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Warisenibo Joseph Johnson, said the project would be funded with savings from the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

Johnson said that a 30 percent mobilisation fee had already been paid for the project designed to be completed within 32 months, adding that the contractor was expected to move men and materials to the site immediately.

He said: “We have awarded a contract to the tune of N222,114,563,830.2 kobo only for the commencement of the Trans-Kalabari Road. This is the main Trans-Kalabari Road. The one that had happened in the past, was the building of bridges.

“But here, we are doing a Trans-Kalabari Road that is going to run from NSS Pathfinder immediately after Mgbuodohia Community and extends to about 2km to the Aker Base Road in Rumuolumeni Community in Obio/Akpor local government area.

“That road will pass through the swamps behind the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education in Rumuolumeni, moving southwards towards the first bridge crossing. The road continues through a series of bridges. That road will run, connecting many communities up to Tombia Town.

“That project will be completed in 32 months, and we are paying from our Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). We are not going to be borrowing money for that project.

“That is about the third phase of us generating funds internally for our road projects without going to anywhere to borrow money.”

Johnson in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Nelson Chukwudi, said that the contractual sum of N222.1billion was bigger than what was being spent on the Port Harcourt Ring Road project.

He said the Trans-Kalabari Road would traverse the difficult terrain of swamp and across rivers and creeks upon which a series of bridges, decking, and piling works would be executed.

Also, the Information Commissioner said the State recorded some giant strides in the sporting sector with Rivers United defeating Katsina United 4-2 to become champions of the maiden Nigeria Premier Football League U17 Youth League.

He said: “And we also came first in the Male and Female National Beach Volleyball competition. While the male team emerged as first, the female clinched second position.

“We also came tops in the National Open Chess Competition. We have our daughter, Queen Dan Jumbo, she came first and was the best women’s player.

“On the National Open Table Tennis Championship, Rivers State came first, with 3 gold medals and best overall team.

“And Rivers Hoppers Basketball Club has also qualified for the final phase of the NBA competition in Kigali, Rwanda. It’s actually an exploit we’ve made on the continent. We came tops and the team will be here from the 24th of May to 1st of June for us to face Rwanda.”

In her briefing, the acting Director General of Rivers State Bureau of Public Procurement (RSBOPP), Dr. Ine Briggs, explained that the Bureau diligently managed the proceedings leading to the award of the contract.

She said: “Having reviewed the submissions of the Ministry of Works; having examined all the supporting documents presented by the ministry; having fulfilled all the necessary procurement procedures, and guidelines as prescribed by the Rivers State Public Procurement Law 2008 as amended.

“Having satisfied that the value for money proposition, fitness for purpose, value for money has been adhered to. Having been convinced that this project will stimulate economic activities socially and bring about development in these areas, the Bureau is satisfied that all the elements leading to this award are sufficient to issue a certificate of no objection.

“Therefore, in consideration of all the relevant documents submitted by the Ministry of Works pursuant and the construction of Trans-Kalabari Road and bridges, the Bureau has issued the certificate of no objection, and that the contract be awarded to Lubrick Construction Company Limited.”

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