FG Commends NLNG for Completion of Bodo-Bony Road in Rivers State

The Federal Government of Nigeria has commended the Nigeria LNG limited for its commitment and completion of the Bodo– Bony road in Rivers State.

 

The Minister of Works, Engr. Nweze David Umahi gave the commendation on Monday in Abuja when the management of NLNG led by its CEO ,Dr Philip Mshelbilla paid him a courtesy visit.

 

The Bodo-Bonny Federal road was done under a tripartite agreement with Federal Government and Julius Berger Nigeria Plc.

 

 

Engr. Umahi further commended them for putting the interest of Nigeria first in their contractual negotiations and for keying into the innovations and ideals of the Renewed Hope Administration of President Asiwaju Bola Tinubu with respect to quality, innovations, cost effectiveness and timely completion of road projects embarked upon by Federal Government.

 

In a statement issued by the spokesman of the minister, Mrs Uchenna Orji, the minister was quoted to have said:

 

“Thank you very much. When I see Nigerians that are standing for the country, I feel very excited because Nigeria is our only country. We can’t mortgage the country; we can’t sell the country.

I saw your letter with regard to requests by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, the contractor, to increase the contract sum. And you and your board together with your team vehemently stood against that. That gave me some teeth to bite because I saw a commitment by all parties that this project will not increase beyond the augmented amount of 199,000,000,000.

So, I want to commend you for that.”

 

The Minister enjoined Julius Berger to respect the spirit and letters of the tripartite agreement and go back to site, assuring that Federal Government would offer compassionate considerations on the remaining 16% uncompleted job without necessarily expanding the contract envelope.

“I discovered by the letters of JB that they have abandoned the site, and that’s against the contract they signed, even if they needed to leave the site, the general conditions of contract specify the procedures for notices in such a circumstance

Well, we have discussed with them and I said, we are going to look at the remaining 16% on a compassionate ground, and see whether there is any merit, and we can see if there is any money left in the contingency, but definitely will not expand the envelope.

Expanding the envelope means you are going back to your Board. Expanding the envelope means my going back to Federal Inland Revenue, going back to BPP, going back to Mr. President, going back to Federal Executive Council. So it’s a long journey, and that will not allow that project to be completed as planned”

 

Speaking on behalf of the management of Nigeria NLG Ltd, the MD/CEO reiterated the vision of the company in not only building a globally competitive LNG company but also in contributing towards building a better Nigeria by delivering quality infrastructure through projects such as the Bobo-Bonny road being funded by NLNG. He assured that everything possible would be done to complete the road on time as provided under the agreement bearing in mind the concerns of the contractor handling the project.

 

“With regards to coming back to the Bonny Bodo road, we see two parts to it, the main road itself. We are really looking forward to that being completed on time. We have had commitments in the past from the contractor around its completion and we do understand that there are concerns around what is happening in the economy now”

 

He thanked the Hon. Minister of Works for his commitment to road infrastructure revolution and expressed hope that the economy of Nigeria would bounce back with the manifest determination of President Tinubu’s administration in fixing the critical infrastructure for the growth of our economy. He assured the Hon. Minister of the readiness of the company to partner with Federal Government always in her developmental efforts.

 

“We have indicated an interest to pursue the extension of that road from Bodo so that it connects to the East West Road. That way you then have a complete corridor of major roads connecting to East West Road, rather than ending in Bodo.

In summary, just to thank the Minister again, your commitment to projects like this across the country will indeed make a huge difference to the common man, to transportation of people, farmers who need to move their products.”

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