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‘Failed’ east-west road gulps N300bn

The Federal Government yesterday said the East-West Road project in the Niger Delta region was designed to fail.

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The government lamented that the project had so far gulped N300 billion with no substantial progress made.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the cabinet meeting, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru, hinted that no fewer than 30 contractors would face prosecution.

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He said a private consultant had been hired to review the cost, noting that some contractors would refund money for which the present cost would be discounted. 

The minister also disclosed that the Federal Executive Council yesterday approved N16 billion for the construction of the headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Asked if he meant that the East-West road project was gone, the minister repeated:  “I have said East-West road was designed to fail and we are doing everything to correct that concept; which means if it was designed to fail, it was gone, but now, it’s being revived.

“If you’ve spent N300bn and you are where you are then… the design, negotiations, contract everything is wrong. You designed a project of that nature and give it a lifespan of seven years and then no designs in some sectors and yet you are attributing cost to it. So by what means did you have the elements of costing. These are verifiable facts at any time.”

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