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FG directs Julius Berger back to site to complete Bodo-Bonny road project in Rivers State  

The Federal Government has directed Julius Berger back to the site to complete the Bodo-Bonny Road and bridge project in Rivers State which it had abandoned.  

The Minister of Works, David Umahi disclosed this when a delegation of the Bodo–Bonny Road Peace Committee paid him a courtesy visit at his office at the Federal Ministry of Works in Abuja on Tuesday.  

This information is contained in a statement issued by the Ministry of Works on Wednesday and can be seen on the official website of the ministry.  

According to the statement, the delegation visited the minister to register their displeasure over the sudden demobilization from the site and abandonment of the Bodo-Bonny Road and Bridge project by Julius Berger Plc.  

The minister described the Bodo-Bonny road and bridge project as a catalyst for an economic revolution in the area, adding that the past administration awarded the contract to Julius Berger Nigeria Plc.  

Umahi explained that there was a partnership agreement in 2017 between the Federal Government via the Federal Ministry of Works and NLNG on modalities for the funding of the project.  

The Works minister revealed that only about 84% of the project has been completed despite the commitment of the contractor under their agreement to deliver within the revised date of completion. 

Julius Berger Plc had reportedly delayed the completion of the project because they are seeking additional funds for the project.  

Umahi, however, faulted Berger PLC for the variation of the project even when it had signed an agreement to complete the project without seeking additional funds.  

Umahi assured the delegation that the Bobo-Bonny Road project would be completed by April 2024, however, he maintained that if the project is not complete, the host communities should not let Julius Berger move its equipment away from the site.  

Umahi also unveiled the Federal Government’s plans to build a coastal road in the area.  

The minister said that while the proposed coastal road would be situated in an area of even greater site challenges, the budget for the project would not be up to what the government is paying Julius Berger Nigeria Plc