Yenagoa-Brass road building starts
27 November 2009
A multibillion-naira scheme to create a new road link between Yenagoa and Brass in Nigeria has begun work just two weeks after being awarded by the federal government.
The launch of the Yenagoa-Brass road project represents a major step forward for the region, as the idea of the development has been on the government's books since the 1970s, but various difficulties and setbacks have meant it was scrapped several times over the years.
Enerco Construction Company has been awarded the first phase of the project, which will see a 33-kilometre road constructed. It is expected to take two years to complete, reports Vanguard.
Project manager Habib Shammout told the news provider that the creation of the road is to prove an important financial boost for the region because it will open up the oil-producing areas of Nigeria in order to boost development in and around Bayelsa State.
Meanwhile, vice president Dr Goodluck Jonathan has backed calls by the people of Bayelsa State to increase the number of bridges in the region.
Inaugurating the Ekoli Bridge in Yenagoa, Dr Jonathan said Bayelsa needs more bridges than any other state in the country because of its position below sea level.