Gov Nyesom Wike and the CEO of Julius Berger have jointly inspected work on the three flyovers under constratction in the Garden City. The governor said he is satisfied. Government had paid 70 per cent of the contrat fee of N21Bn cash down and epects the contractor to deliver in 16 months.
Addressing journalists after the tour with Dr Lars Richter of Julius Berger last week, Gov Wike said that he is satisfied with the quality and pace of work. “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 said: “I thank God we chose a company with the reputation on 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.
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.”
In his remarks, Dr Richter reassured that his company would deliver on schedule and in line with specifications. “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.”
Gov Wike and the MD inspected work at Rebisi, Rumuogba and Okoro-Nu-Odo Flyover Bridges.