A new road bye-pass with a 150-metre bridge that would provide an alternative route to Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, is billed to be completed before the end of this year. The Akenfa-Gbaran Bridge, which is being constructed by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, was inspected on Tuesday by the commission's Managing Director, Sir (Barr) Bassey Dan-Abia, accompanied by the NDDC Director of Project Monitoring, Engr. Robert Obuaha.
Speaking while inspecting the bridge, Barr. Dan-Abia, observed that the project was very strategic as it was designed to connect communities that were hitherto inaccessible by road as well as provide an alternative gateway into Yenagoa. He charged the contractor handling the project to approach the job with all seriousness as the NDDC was bent on completing all on-going projects as directed by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The NDDC Chief Executive Officer said that it was not enough to just sit in the office to look at files and generally go through paper work. According to him, such an approach would not give a full picture of the current status of projects on the ground. "That is why I find it necessary to be inspecting projects on a regular basis. As for this project, I want to see it completed this year. The contractor just has to speed up work on the bridge before the rain starts," he said.
The Project Manager, Engr. Werigbelegha Dimie assured the NDDC team that more efforts would be made to ensure that work progress at the site at a faster pace. He said that 60 per cent of the contract had been completed; noting that the concrete beams for the bridge had been cast and would soon be launched.
The inspection tour took the NDDC boss to the Ambassador Lawrence Ekpebu rigid-pavement road in Akenfa, also in Yenagoa LGA. The NDDC director of project monitoring confirmed that the road had been completed and was ready for commissioning.