The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, is partnering with the Reynolds Construction Company, RCC, to restore some failed sections of the East-West Road in Rivers State to reduce the pains of road users.
The NDDC Acting Managing Director, Dr Joi Nunieh, who inspected the Akpajo to Onne Junction axis of the road, stated that the Commission would undertake an assessment of the Aleto Bridge in Eleme, along the route, with a view to saving it from collapse.
The NDDC Chief Executive Officer said that the Commission was worried by the deplorable state of the road and had to make effort to avoid a situation where road users, travelling during the festive season, would be stuck for several hours because of the bad road.
She said: “We appealed to the RCC to collaborate with us to address the emergency on many sections of the East-West road. They have graciously accepted to work on the bad spots to ease the pains of travellers during this Christmas season by ensuring that traffic does not build up on the road at this period.
“They agreed to do it free of charge, as a way of supporting the next level NDDC 2020 agenda. We want to thank the Management of RCC, as they have assured us that they are going to start work immediately.”
Nunieh enjoined other construction companies to enter into a partnership with NDDC, to contribute to the development of the Niger Delta to make the region better, stating that development was not just about awarding contracts.
At the Aleto Bridge in Eleme, the NDDC boss said that the Commission would intervene urgently to avoid a disaster. I have directed our engineers to quickly assess the problem to come up with a design for the repairs.