President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Reynolds Construction Company, RCC, to immediately undertake intervention on the damaged Aleto Bridge at KM 6+500 on the East-West road Section III(A) by Eleme, Onne Junction in Rivers State to alleviate the plight of motorists and other users.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, during an emergency meeting held with contractors handling the various sections of the East-West road on Thursday, in his office in Abuja.

Sen. Akpabio assured the people of the Niger Delta region that remedial solution would be provided within the next 48 hours to assist the people move freely, adding that other concerns raised will be addressed to fast track the completion of the road as scheduled.

“The construction of the road which started in 2006 was abandoned for about six years due to human and natural challenges, but since my resumption in office in 2019 the present administration which is problem solving government has mobilized resources to ensure that the East-West road is completed and commissioned by 2022,” he said.

He further noted that various sections of the road which have been in limbo over the years, have attained levels of completion and would be due for commissioning by President Buhari soon, affirming, that issue of compensation would be addressed in no time.

He added that the Niger Delta ministry had also undertaken the construction of other roads which include Okpuala Igwurunta road Phase 1 in Imo State, Ndemili road in Delta State, Umueze road in Rivers State and Otuo Afuze road in Edo State that have been completed and ready for commissioning.

The Managing Director, RCC Nigeria Limited, Engineer Nader Yusuf in his remarks, stated that there are insinuations that sand mining around the river bank affected the foundation of the Aleto Bridge.

He explained that the Engineers are expected to ascertain the real cause of the damage and carry out concrete repairs to aid free flow of traffic on the affected portions of the road.

Engr. Yusuf further assured the minister that Engineers would move to site immediately to make the road motorable for road users.

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