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Uncovered! Plot to scuttle East-West road project - ITREALMS

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Rivers State-based advocacy group, Citizens Quest For Truth Initiative (CQ4TI) has disclosed it uncovered plots to scuttle the work on the East-West road project, reports ITREALMS.
This road, ITREALMS gathered had its contractors recently returned to site, and some self-styled community leaders are busy plan to mess with the developmental strides of the President Mohammadu Buhari's administration in the region.


According to CQ4TI, the youths in the surrounding communities related to the Chairman of the Community Development Committee (CDC), Victor Amadi and some indigenes of Rumuagholu Community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, are demanding payment of a whopping sum of N50 million from SETRACO Construction Company before work on the Nkpolu axis of the road would continue. 

The community leaders, ITREALMS also gathered have maintained that SETRACO was yet to reach out to them before entering the community for the execution of the project.

A press statement available to ITREALMS and jointly signed by CQ4TI National Secretary, National Secretary and Francis Udoka Ndimkoha, National Publicity Secretary noted that “but our search for the truth reveals that the company is billed to construct a road in the community, after the construction of the new drainage.”

The statement reads:

"Citizens Quest findings, however, revealed a political undercurrent from the high echelon in the state to ensure that the project, especially the Rivers State section, does not see the light of the day, a situation that is aimed at ridiculing President Buhari and the Hon. Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

"We are not unmindful of the fact that those whose properties were demolished for encroaching on the right of way have already been handsomely rewarded by the federal government. It is therefore surprising that the CDC Chairman, who our findings reveal, owns no single property around the project site, should allow himself to be used as an agent of underdevelopment of Rumuagholu Community and, by extension, Rivers State.

"We therefore call on the Government of Rivers State to rein in these agents of backwardness, (should it not be an accomplice) to forestall any form of face-off that might ultimately scuttle the timely realisation of the project.

"On its part, the Federal Government should, as a matter of urgent national importance, mobilise security at the various project sites while Contractors deliver on their corporate social responsibility to communities. This way, the contractors can deliver quality projects and on record time, too.

“We also appeal to the Community to be patient with the Contractors as road projects are done in milestones and within the availability of funds.”

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor

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