ODAHIEKWU OGUNDE, Yenagoa
Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola will on Thursday flag off the construction of the Nembe-Brass road project in Bayelsa State.
The long-awaited project, which had been on the drawing board of the Federal Government for decades, is being done by the Governor Douye Diri administration.
Already, the state government has awarded its construction to Setraco Nigeria Limited.
The first phase covering a distance of 21 kilometres with 10 bridges is estimated at N54.1bn.
Diri said on Wednesday during the 79th state executive council meeting in Government House, Yenagoa, that the project had a historic significance and economic importance to the state and the country.
Located on the Brass Island are an oil export terminal operated by oil major, Nigerian Agip Oil Company as well as the ongoing Brass Fertilizer and Petrochemical Company project.
The governor called on well-meaning sons and daughters of the state as well as leaders of Bayelsa East Senatorial District to be present at the flag-off ceremony.
“Let me use this medium to invite and call on all of us from the eastern senatorial district, particularly communities in Nembe and Brass, as we kick-start the construction of this historic road project,” he said.