Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that with the pace of work at the three Flyover Bridges in Port Harcourt, the contractor will deliver according to the time frame.
Addressing journalists after a Joint Inspection Tour of the Three Flyover Bridges in Port Harcourt with the Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Dr Lars Richter on Wednesday, Governor Wike said that he is satisfied with the quality and pace of work.
He said: “We are quite satisfied that they are working within the time frame. I am satisfied with the quality of work.
“We are not disappointed, knowing the capacity of Julius Berger. We believe they will deliver by February 2021 as scheduled.
“I am quite happy with what I have seen. They are working simultaneously . We must have to appreciate the enormous work required .”
He expressed happiness that the Rivers State Government chose Julius Berger to carry out the construction of the three Flyover Bridges.
He said: “I thank God we chose a company with the reputation of delivery. Nigerians know that Julius Berger always delivers once the resources are there. I thank God that we have provided the needed resources for the completion of these Flyover bridges.
“I came with the Managing Director of Julius Berger to see things for ourselves and we are very happy.”
Governor Wike directed the Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning to immediately carry out integrity tests on some buildings at Rumuogba.
“At Rumuogba Flyover, I observed that some structures that have nothing to do with the construction works need to be inspected by the Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning. They have to undergo further integrity tests because we don’t want to lose lives”, he said.
In his remarks, Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Dr Lars Richter reassured that his company will deliver on schedule and in line with specifications.
He said: “Four months ago, we promised that we will deliver all three Flyover bridges within 16months. Today, we can see that the progress is according to the schedule.
“As a Managing Director, I am still committed to that promise. We can state that in the next 12 months , we will deliver the Flyover Bridges.
“I want to thank the residents of Port Harcourt for their patience, especially enduring the traffic. We also thank the Rivers State Governor for his trust in us that we have the capacity to deliver. “
Governor Wike and the Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc inspected work at Rebisi, Rumuogba and Okoro-Nu-Odo Flyover Bridges.
Governor Wike was celebrated by residents who joined him to trek through the project sites.
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.
19th February, 2020.