Written by on March 3, 2021

Rivers State Government and Julius Berger Nigeria Plc have signed an agreement for the construction of two new flyover bridges to develop the landscape of Port Harcourt and resolve traffic congestion in the City.

The two new flyover bridges will be constructed at Ikwerre Road/Olu Obansanjo and Rumu-Kalagbor-Waterlines Junctions at the cost of twelve-point-four Billion Naira.

The Attorney-General of Rivers State, Dr Zaccheus Adango, Commissioner for Works, Elloka Tasie-Amadi and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Dr Clifford Walter Ndu led officials of the Rivers State Government during the signing process, while the Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Dr Lars Richter and the Regional Manager of the Company, Jurgen Fischer led the Julius Berger team.

The length of the Ikwerre Road/Olu Obansanjo flyover is five hundred and ninety meters while that of Rumu-Kalagbor-Waterlines Junction is five hundred and twenty-six meters.

Speaking after the agreement signing ceremony, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike stated that the State Government would pay seventy percent of the contract sum to ensure that the contractor executed and completed the two flyover bridges within the next one year.

Governor Wike who noted his earlier assurance to provide Rivers people with quality projects, appealed for their understanding and patient while the project lasted, emphasizing that it is better to go through inconveniences of traffic now and have good roads at the end of the day.

The Governor while noting the ability of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc to deliver on the projects however stated that there would be no excuse for variation or extension of the time of project completion and urged the company to mobilize to site immediately and execute the projects simultaneously.

In his remarks, the Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Dr Lars Richter assured that the company would deliver the two flyover bridges within the approved twelve months period to the satisfaction of the state government.

Dr Lars who explained that Julius Berger has already delivered on the first three flyover projects signed with the State Government, while work on the fourth, fifth and sixth flyovers were ongoing, assured that Julius Berger would continue to partner the Rivers State Government to deliver quality projects across the state.

He thanked the State Governor for the opportunity given the company to contribute to the development of the State, saying they will forever remain grateful to him for his show of trust and confidence.

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