30 October 2011
The responsibility of paying the minimum wage has been identified as a major challenge in securing the full support of the governors of Niger Delta states in the execution of the proposed East-West coastal road project.
The project, which is expected to gulp a whopping $6.5billion (N1.8 trillion), is projected to be completed between five to ten years, depending on the way contracts for the project would be awarded.
A road construction expert, Engineer Mayne David-West, stated this while speaking as a guest lecturer at the 6th annual Prof. Youpele Beredugo lecture, organised by the
Port Harcourt chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE), in Port Harcourt, . Rivers State
David-West, who is a member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering (COREN), said the planned 704-kilometre road would pass through at least 1000 communities in the Niger Delta, even as he said that he is deeply involved with the firm that carried out the study and design of the proposed road project.
David-West observed that due to the huge cost of the project, comprising 180 bridges across river channels from Calabar to
, there have been calls for alternative means of funding the project. Lagos