Yenagoa - Gov. Seriake Dickson of Beyelsa has presented N8.5 billion cheques as mobilisation fee for the construction of two roads and an airstrip in the state. The roads are Sagbama-Ekeremor and Yenagoa-Oporoma senatorial roads as well as the construction of the airstrip.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a breakdown of the figure shows that N3 billion was paid as mobilisation for the Sagbama-Ekeremor road, which is being handled by Dantata and Sawoe PLC. The sum of N2.5 billion was also paid as mobilisation fee for the construction of an airstrip by the same company. A cheque of N3 billion was presented to the Chinese Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCCEC) as mobilisation fee for the Oporoma-Yenagoa road.
Presentating the cheques on Monday in Yenagoa, Dickson disclosed that adequate funds have been earmarked for the various projects and charged the contractors to ensure timely completion. On the Nembe-Brass road, the governor said the project would be awarded in early 2013, as new designs had been developed raising the road as high as seven metres in view of recent floods that ravaged infrastructure in the state.
According to him, both the Nembe-Brass and Sagbama-Ekeremor roads would be executed at the cost of N90billion. On the airstrip, Dickson said the project, which is situated along the Amassoma, Ogobiri and Egbedi axis, was expected to be completed within one year, adding that clearing on the site had since commenced. In their responses, representatives of the Dantata group, Mr Hamza Nasco, and the Project Manager of CCEC, Mr Gillio Costa, commended Dickson for his commitment to the development of the state.
They both assured the government and people of Bayelsa that they would deliver the projects on schedule according to the expectation of government.