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Construction Firm Explains Delay In N10b NDDC Road Project In Bayelsa

Posted: Jun 2, 2015 at 8:40 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma –  Yenagoa

The management of Kakatar Ce Limited has debunked insinuation in some quarters that it has abandoned the 9.7km Opume-Okoroba Road in Bayelsa East Senatorial District awarded to it by the Niger Delta Development Commission in 2012 at the cost of N10billion.

The Brand Manager of the construction firm, Austin Ekeinde, explained in a statement at the weekend that commencement of work on the road project was delayed due to deficiencies observed in the Bill of Engineering Measurement and Evaluation (BEME) handed over to the company by the NDDC.

Last year, the indigenes of Ogbia-speaking Okoroba community in Nembe Local Government Area had taken to the streets over what they described as abandoning of the road project.

But Ekeinde said lack of appropriate engineering designs, drawings and coordinates impeded actual commencement of work on the project.

“The road contract was awarded to us without any applicable engineering design and drawings.

“It was so bad that at award, the coordinates of the 00+ point of the road fell into Opume burial ground. This meant that we ought not to have commenced the road at all until NDDC gave the right coordinates”, Ekeinde said.

He continued, “Secondly, the BEME handed over to us for the project was also inappropriate for the road. For instance, the bill did not provide the use of sand for filling but instead laterite was provided.  It did not also provide for sand-cement stabilization as sub-base.

“ As Ogbia people, we knew that building the road like that is an invitation to a failed road.  We insisted and impressed upon NDDC to permit us use sand instead and also stabilize it with sand-cement.

“Even at the moment, no official permission has been granted for the sand-cement stabilization. But we have gone ahead to do it because that is the right thing to do”.

He stated that despite the challenges,  Kakata Ce Limited, formerly known as Mangrovetech, had done the clearing and cutting down of trees along the road corridors attaining 100% of the 9.6km total length and also carried out the earthworks involving dredging and haulage of sand to over 2km and stabilisation with sand-cement and stone-base reaching nearly 2km.

“There was also no provision made for haulage of sand outside of the road corridors. It is the normal practice that where a road project is awarded and there are no materials in the immediate vicinity, provision is made for transportation from external locations”, he added.