Delta State Governor, RT. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori has performed the ground breaking ceremony of four key projects estimated at ₦78billion in Warri and Effurun metropolis.
The historic event took place on Monday in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.
Governor Oborevwori disclosed that the projects includes, construction of road expansion and improvement works between Effurun and DSC roundabouts, PTI Junction flyover, DSC roundabout flyover,Enerhen junction/marine gate flyover.
He expressed excitement at the projects, saying it is the fulfillment of a promise he made after his inauguration as Governor on May 29, this year.
The Governor however recalled that Delta State Government signed a contract with construction giant, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc. for the execution of the projects that are commencing today.
According to him,” We have released the agreed sum as advance payment to the contractor, which on its part commenced surveys, final designs, sub-soil tests, and other activities precedent to the commencement of actual construction works. These are in addition to the establishment of site yards, offices, and life camps.
“The projects for which work is commencing today are as follows, design and construction of Flyover Bridge from Enerhen Junction, Effurun to Marine Gate, Warri in Uvwie and Warri South Local Government Areas”
“Study, Design and Construction of Road Expansion And Improvement Works on the Section Of DSC/NPA Expressway from Effurun Roundabout To DSC Roundabout on the Effurun/Patani (East/West) Highway including Construction of a ¾ Cloverleaf Interchange at the Existing Effurun Flyover Bridge as well as two Pedestrian Bridges, in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area.
“Design and Construction of Flyover Bridge at PTI Junction, along the Effurun/Patani (East/West) Highway, Effurun in Uvwie Local Government Area.
“Design and Construction of Flyover at DSC Roundabout, along the Effurun/Patani (East/West) Highway, Effurun in Uvwie Local Government Area.
“The cumulative contract sum for the four projects is seventy-seven billion, nine hundred and ninety-seven million, one hundred and fifty-nine thousand, three hundred and thirty-nine-naira, and ninety-one kobo (N77,997,159,339.91) only. The contractor has a completion period of twenty-seven-months.”
Governor Oborevwori explained that the four strategic projects are aimed at solving the gridlock often experienced between Effurun Roundabout, through PTI Road Junction to DSC Roundabout on the Effurun/Patani (East/West) Highway at Effurun.
“They will also ease vehicular movement at the stretch from Enerhen Junction, Effurun to Marine Gate, Warri, in Uvwie and Warri South Local Government Areas.
“As I said during the contract signing ceremony, these projects will not only change the face of the Warri-Effurun Metropolis, they will also ease the traffic congestion in the area and alleviate the hardship faced by commuters.
“As is often the case with road constructions of this nature there will be direct employment opportunities for our people, especially engineers, artisans, and labourers. Food vendors and suppliers, transporters, quarry operators and so many others in the construction value chain also stand to benefit.”
“The Government and contractor are aware of these challenges and would take all reasonable steps to minimize the disruptions. As the saying goes, there is no gain without pain. So, I appeal to motorists and pedestrians in the area to be patient, orderly, and obey traffic rules and regulations to facilitate ease of movement and reduce travel time through the construction area. The contractors require the understanding and maximum cooperation of the citizens to deliver these projects on schedule”
“Furthermore, motorists are encouraged to use the alternative routes in the vicinity whenever feasible to reduce the volume of traffic in the construction area. The State Government has commenced a programme of maintenance and rehabilitation of these alternative routes to reduce inconvenience to travelers and motorists”
“I urge the contractor to work relentlessly to meet the schedule we have agreed to. The immediate communities and their leaders should appreciate the enormous investment government is making and join hands with us to ensure the speedy completion of these projects.”(NEWS NATIONAL STAR)