Expansion of the East-West road at the cost of US$1bn is expected to be completed before the end of this year according to Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr Stephen Oru.
He also confirmed that about 90% of the road will comprise bridges and would be extended to Calabar. The Minister had said in August that the road was 77% complete and indicated that the government had acquired $150m from AfDB to finance construction.
The dual carriage-way expansion is under the construction by SETRACO contractors, who have currently engaged more workers to ensure completion by year end. The delay in has been attributed to heavy rainfall.
China Exim Bank is expected to finance further construction for the extension of the East-West road to Cross River State, and the cost is expected to be about US$1bn.
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