Okowa completes 39-year-old abandoned bridge in Ughelli

•As govt prioritizes Ayakoromo bridge

It was songs of praise by the people of Ovwor-Olomu and Effurun-Otor communities in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta as the historic bridge linking both communities has been completed by the state government.

The project, whose contract was first awarded 39 years ago, was abandoned by previous administrations in the state even as the state government reaffirmed this the Ayakoromo Bridge linking Burutu and Ughelli South Local Government Areas in the state would be vigorously executed as a top priority project.

The Ovwor Olomu bridge, which is 100 meters long with 20 meters span, has a height of 45 meters from the water level and three hundred meters asphalt road and side drain on both sides of the approach.

Inspecting the two landmark projects Wednesday, the Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, said that the OvworOlomu – Effurun Otor bridge Project to was a dream come true for the people of both communities, adding that it was another milestone in achieving the Stronger Delta vision of Okowa administration.

He said the project had opened up the economic landscape of both communities, and that investors were now free to invest in the area without hindrances.
He commended the contracting firm, Obakpor Engineering Construction Limited, for its ingenuity in delivering the project, noting that the project was one of the success stories of indigenous engineering in the country.

Chairman of the company, Chief John Oguma, said that he felt fulfilled to have delivered the project.

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Meanwhile, the Works commissioner Chief James Augoye, said that the Ayakoromo bridge project whose contract was awarded in 2013 was one of the critical infrastructure inherited from the previous administration.

According to him, the project had a budgetary provision of N1 billion in the 2020 budget and was the only project not affected by the recent downward review of the budget as a result of economic downturn occasioned by prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.

He disclosed that more funds would be released to the contractor soon to enable it to mobilise back to the site to complete the piling works in the water.

He said that with work at 68.5 per cent completed, the project would be up-scaled in 2021 and ensure that it was completed before the end of the administration in 2023.

Chairman of Ayakoromo community, Mr Miekoromo Moses, thanked the governor for the project and appealed for more funding to it to be completed on time.

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