Speaking further, Akpabio stressed that “various sections of the road which have been in limbo over the years have attained various levels of completion and would be due for commissioning by the President soon, affirming, that issue of compensation would be addressed in no time”.
He noted that the Ministry had also undertaken the construction of other roads which include Okpuala Igwurunta road Phase 1, in Imo State, Ndemili road in Delta State, Umueze road in Rivers State and Otuo Afuze road in Edo State, which have all been completed and ready for commissioning by the president.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Babayo Ardo reaffirmed that the Ministry have been working on the East-West road for the past two years and all efforts have been geared towards the completion and commissioning of the road before the end of the first quarter of 2022 as directed by the President.
The Managing Director, RCC Nigeria Limited, Engineer Nader Yusuf in his response, stated that there were insinuations that sand mining around the river bank affected the foundation of the Aleto Bridge.
He explained that the Engineers would ascertain the real cause of the damage and carry out concrete repairs to aid free flow of traffic on the affected portions of the road. Yusuf however, assured the Minister that Engineers would move to site immediately to make the road motorable for road users.