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FG halts east-west road reconstruction amid quality concerns after committing N33 billion

Minister of Works Raises Alarms Over Substandard Materials and Slow Progress in Rivers State Project

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In a decisive move, the Federal Government has issued an immediate suspension order on the reconstruction efforts at the Eleme-Onne section of the East-West Road in Rivers State, citing alarming concerns over the use of substandard materials by the contracted firm.

Speaking to journalists in Port Harcourt, Minister of Works David Umahi underscored the gravity of the situation, emphasizing the imperative need for quality assurance in infrastructure projects of national importance.

Umahi expressed profound disappointment over the sluggish pace of work despite the disbursement of a substantial advance payment totaling N33 billion, aimed at expediting the project’s execution. The minister’s remarks underscored the government’s unwavering commitment to upholding transparency and accountability in public works initiatives.

Highlighting the irregularities observed in the construction process, Umahi raised serious reservations regarding the quality of materials employed, particularly the absence of river sharp sand, a critical component specified in the project requirements.

Umahi’s firsthand inspection revealed significant deviations from the project specifications, prompting immediate action to address the deficiencies. The minister’s meticulous scrutiny of the materials, coupled with his steadfast resolve to uphold construction standards, underscores the government’s unwavering commitment to delivering infrastructure projects that meet the highest quality benchmarks.

While acknowledging the complexity of the challenges at hand, Umahi underscored the urgency of rectifying the discrepancies and recalibrating the project timeline to ensure timely completion. The minister’s proactive approach reflects the government’s unwavering determination to prioritize the interests of the populace and uphold the integrity of public infrastructure investments.

As stakeholders convene to address the identified anomalies and chart a course of corrective action, the Eleme-Onne section of the East-West Road stands as a testament to the government’s unwavering commitment to transparency, accountability, and excellence in infrastructure development.

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