Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:17 pm
*RSG Signs contract for Trans-Kalabari and Saakpenwa-Boro-Kono Road projects.
By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Governor Nyesom Wike has clarified that he sacked Dr Igbiks Tamuno, the immediate past Commissioner for Environment on Tuesday because he engaged in acts that amounted to sabotage by writing a letter to Julius Berger to stop construction work in the State.
“I don’t know how a commissioner can write to a company to stop work without my approval. And Julius Berger in that matter, to stop construction in the entire State, I have never heard of such thing before. I didn’t know that commissioners have so much power like that.
“I’m saying it because some of you don’t even know the limits of your power. These are contractors working for the state government. He (Tamuno) never interfaced with the Ministry of Works. We have paid Julius Berger and you ask them to stop work, so that they will come and ask for variation later?”
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, disclosed this today during the signing of the contracts for the Trans -Kalabari Road project phase one, and the Saakpenwa-Bori-Kono Road project phase two.
Wike explained further during the ceremony in Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday that is contract is to demonstrate the importance his administration places on opening up more rural communities for development.
According to a Government House press Statement, signed by Kelvin Ebiri,the Special Assistant on Media to Governor Wike,those who signed for the Rivers State Government were the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor, Commissioner for Works, Elloka Tasie-Amadi and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works, Mrs. Ebere Emenike.
The General Manager of CCECC, Zou Xiaowei and his Deputy, Gao Qiang, the General Manager of Lubrik Construction Company, Rabih Elramedi and Kennedy Odogbo signed for their respective companies.
Governor Wike said with a secured payment plan of N1 billion monthly to be paid into the accounts of the construction companies, the deadlines for the two projects will not be compromised.
According to Governor Wike, the two road projects are very important to his administration because they will improve the economic activities of the benefiting communities.
“So many people have said that all these things are political statements. That is why we want to let you know that they are not political statements. We are serious about it.
“If there is one road that must be completed within time, it is that Trans-Kalabari Road. It is very key to us, to link up so many communities within the Kalabari area.
“So, we have tied our funds to these roads, by every month; you don’t need to come to us, or write to us to say you’ve done 50 metres, 100metres or 1kilometres, no.
“The money is paid to you directly every month by the banks. N1billion each. For the Trans-Kalabari road, which is about N13 billion. We believed that you have no excuse not to finish the road in 14 months.”
Governor Wike urged the benefiting communities to owe the projects by ensuring that they cooperate with contractors and avoid bothering them with unnecessary demands that can create crisis to stop the projects.
According to the governor, the companies have also been told to engage indigenes of the areas in direct, and contract employments including opportunity to supply materials used on site.
“Move in and make sure that you deliver. I am going to commission those roads next year. Any project we have awarded must be completed before we leave office.
“I hear people are criticising us that we are doing roads everywhere. How do you develop a community without roads? The key thing to development is road infrastructure.
“How do you promote agriculture when you cannot evacuate whatever you have produced from the farm. How do you talk about human capital development when students cannot have roads to go to school. Even to access healthcare service you need road to go to the health facility. No investor can come to a place when there are no roads.
“Let me tell those from Kalabari, I will not take any sabotage. If anybody tries to sabotage the work, then your people will suffer because I’ll cancel the contract. Even the companies, they shouldn’t cause crisis to sabotage the work. I will not hesitate to take drastic action.”
In his speech, the General Manager of CCECC, Zou Xiaowei said the signing of the contract is another milestone in the development of Rivers State and pledged that they will deliver the Saakpenwa-Bori -Kono phase two project with the best quality.
On his part, the General manager of Lubrik Construction Company, Rabih Elramedi said they are thankful for the opportunity to contribute to the development of the State and pledged to achieve the project for benefit of Rivers People.
L-R: Rivers State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof Zacchaeus Adangor (SAN); Commissioner for Works Elloka Tasie-Amadi; Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works, Mrs Ebere Emenike; the General Manager China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation ((CCECC), Zou Xiaowei and CCECC Dep General Manager, Gao Qiang during the signing of contract for the Saakpenwa-Bori-Kono Road Phase 2 at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday.