The Federal Government yesterday gave a timeline of 2014 for the completion of the East-West Road that was awarded in 2006 by the federal Ministry of Works.
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder GodsDay Orubebe gave the assurance at the on-going second South-south Economic Summit holding in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
Orubebe explained that the delay in the project execution was as a result of the fact that the contract was awarded in 2006 without a design under the Ministry of Works, adding however that his ministry took over the job in 2009 to ensure speedy completion.
Speaking on the insecurity in the country and the Niger Delta in particular, Orubebe said kidnappings and armed robberies were reactions to the perceived imbalance situation and urged that to solve such crises there was need to go to the root of the problems.
He said if the causes of the crises were neglected, whatever solution being proffered would be mere cosmetic measures, adding that the problems were still hence the existence of agencies like the NDDC.
Orubebe also advocated the need to review the nation’s laws to create the capacity for oil companies in the region to be able to addresssome communal challenges in their areas of operation.