From Tony John, Port Harcourt

The Rivers State Executive Council has approved the award of a contract for the construction of the main Trans-Kalabari Road project at a cost of N222.1 billion. The project, funded by savings from the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), will be completed within 32 months.

Governor Siminalayi Fubara presided over the meeting, which was attended by the Deputy Governor, Prof Ngozi Odu, and other members of the Council. The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Joseph Johnson, briefed newsmen after the meeting.

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The Trans-Kalabari Road will run from NNS Pathfinder in Mgbuodohia Community to the Aker Base Road in Rumuolumeni, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area. It will pass through the swamps behind the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education and connect numerous communities up to Tombia Town.

The project involves building a series of bridges, decking, and piling works due to the challenging terrain of swamps, rivers, and creeks. The contractual sum is higher than the Port Harcourt Ring Road project due to the complexity of the construction.

The acting Director General of Rivers State Bureau of Public Procurement (RSBOPP), Ine Briggs, confirmed that the Bureau diligently followed all procurement procedures and guidelines. She issued a certificate of no objection, stating that the project will stimulate economic activities and bring development to the area.