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Jonathan not happy with Bodo-Bonny Road project

25 February 2014, 11:51

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan is dissatisfied with the lack of progress in the construction of Bodo-Bonny Road in Rivers.

The president said that the N24 billion road contract awarded under former President Olusegun Obasanjo's administration was revoked because of lack of proper design.

He said if the project had been implemented even at 5km a year, it would have been completed.

He explained that the contract had to be revoked because necessary requirements were not met in the procurement of the contract.

He assured the delegation that government was now ready to put up the procurement for the construction of the road.

"I will not want to bore you with details of the lapses in the first procurement of the Bodo-Bonny Road.

"Why the contract did not hold was because there were major lapses. It is almost like the story of the East-West Road that was awarded without proper design and so with time, it got stocked.

"We just had to come back and that is what happened to the Bodo-Bonny Road, we are now going back to proper procurement, proper design and proper cost.

"This time, God willing once we start, we will not stop again,’’ he said.

Jonathan noted that the contributions of Bonny people to national development were enormous, adding that the Federal Government would work with the people to bring development to the area.

The president appealed to the youth to continue to be patience with government as it explores ways to better their lot.


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