FG Commends NLNG’s Commitment To Completion Of Bodo-Bonny Road

The Minister of Works, Engr. David Umahi has commended Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited for its commitment to funding the completion of the Bodo-Bonny Federal road in Rivers State in line with the tripartite agreement with the Federal Government and Julius Berger Nigeria Plc.

Chief Press Secretary to the Minister, Barrister Uchenna Orji, disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday, December 12, 2023.

According to the statement, the minister also commended Nigeria NLNG Limited for indicating interest in connecting Bodo-Bonny Road to East-West Road so as to maximize the economic potential of the area.

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“Thank you very much. When I see Nigerians who are standing for the country, I feel very excited because Nigeria is our only country. We can’t mortgage the country; we can’t sell the country. I saw your letter concerning requests by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, the contractor, to increase the contract sum.

“And you and your board together with your team vehemently stood against that. That gave me some teeth to bite because I saw a commitment by all parties that this project would not increase beyond the augmented amount of 199,000,000,000. So, I want to commend you for that.

“I discovered by the letters of JB that they have abandoned the site, and that’s against the contract they signed, even if they needed to leave the site, the general conditions of the contract specify the procedures for notices in such a circumstance.

“Well, we have discussed with them and I said, we are going to look at the remaining 16% on compassionate ground and see whether there is any merit, and we can see if there is any money left in the contingency, but definitely will not expand the envelope. Expanding the envelope means you are going back to your Board.

“Expanding the envelope means my going back to Federal Inland Revenue, going back to BPP, going back to Mr. President, going back to Federal Executive Council. So it’s a long journey, and that will not allow that project to be completed as planned”, he said.

Speaking on behalf of the management of Nigeria NLG Ltd, the MD/CEO reiterated the vision of the company in not only building a globally competitive LNG company but also in contributing towards building a better Nigeria by delivering quality infrastructure through projects such as the Bobo-Bonny road being funded by NLNG.

He assured that everything possible would be done to complete the road on time as provided under the agreement bearing in mind the concerns of the contractor handling the project.

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