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Outsourcing Infrastructure in Nigeria’s East-West Road

Posted on January 30, 2017

Outsourcing in Nigerian government

When Goodluck Jonathan was the president of Nigeria, and Godsday Orubebe was minister of Niger Delta Ministry, the Nigeria’s East-West Road was promised to be completed in December 2014. The truth is, ever since East-West Road was awarded in 2004, it had the completion dates of 2010, 2012, and 2014. However, until today, the East-West Road has yet to be finished. The issue was not the lack of money. The issue was the abundance of money. It was reported that $2.1 billion was on the table but then-President Jonathan did not know how to allocate it. Until such time that the project was forgotten, and nothing was allocated for the project — even opting for outsourcing.

The East-West Road is a 330-kilometer road from Warri through Port Harcourt to Oron in Akwa Ibom State. This road is an enhancement ofan existing route into a dual-carriage.

Between Warri and Kaiama looks good, and the road has been completed. However, when the dual-carriage terminates, traffic from opposite ends meets into a common lane. Because of this, a distance of less than two kilometers can be covered in more than an hour.

Another frightening issue is the “abandoned” road improvement from Warri to Port Harcourt – the two important oil cities. The construction activities were all gone. Having a poorly constructed road might be a big loss for the country. Oil has a price of $40 per barrel. An estimated $40 million is lost daily due to infrastructure issue.

The Federal Government can cut a direct deal to save 50 percent of oil money for years. The management of the fund can be outsourced to UN for a good purpose. Also, the area can be outsourced to UN.

 

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Arrested Development & Outsourcing the Niger Delta, today.ng