By Our Correspondent
Julius Berger Nigeria’s completion of major milestones as part of the construction of the Bodo-Bonny Road is already delivering positive results for communities in the Niger Delta.
The company has successfully completed works on the 4.9 km Bodo Road leading to the Afa Creek Bridge, which has also been completed. Achievement of these two major scope components highlight Julius Berger’s commitment towards the timely commissioning of the first road to connect Bonny Island to the mainland. With the completion of the Bodo Road Julius Berger has delivered a world-class road infrastructure with necessary drainage systems and stone pitched shoulders to ensure a long-lasting and high-performance infrastructure. The road has transformed the local infrastructure network, enabling progress by providing neighboring communities much needed, reliable access to Bodo Town, improving social and economic connectivity and commercial opportunities.
In line with its planning, the company has commenced works on nine mini bridges as part of the ongoing construction of monumental project, with construction of major bridges in Okpobo and Nanabie in view. Despite the challenging terrain and environmental factors related to the project location, including low lying marshy land with tidal movements, Julius Berger continues to reliably deliver leading solutions, leveraging its technical capabilities and unmatched capacities.
Commenting on the progress achieved on the Bodo-Bonny Road project, the Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Engr. Dr. Lars Richter, said “We understand the huge importance of the project, as the first road ever to be build, connecting Bonny Island to the mainland, and the significance this will have on the people of the Niger Delta and the entire Nation. The challenging environment and soil condition in Bodo-Bonny, requires tremendous technical expertise, logistics and planning. We are working hard to deliver this road; we have the capacity, and we have the commitment.”
Engr. Dr. Richter further added that “The Bodo-Bonny Road Project will open up the tremendous opportunities on Bonny Island, enabling progress and enhancing socio-economic development in the region and beyond. Bonny Island has a rich history and is also very important to the Nation’s economy as it plays host to the country’s largest oil and gas industries. We are excited about the impact of the project and the overall socio-economic development it will provide when completed. As a company that is invested in Nigeria and in Nigerian communities, we are proud to be enabling progress for communities in Bonny Island, the Niger Delta, and the entire country”.
The Bodo-Bonny Road cuts across four local Governments in Rivers State and the project further reinforces the value that can be created by private and public sectors partnership. This pioneering project is a tripartite agreement between the Federal Government, Nigeria LNG (NLNG), and Julius Berger Nigeria.
Julius Berger Nigeria Plc is a Nigerian company offering integrated construction solutions. The company has been operating in Nigeria since 1965 and its scope covers all areas of construction. Julius Berger is dedicated to utilization of cutting-edge technologies, the continuous investment in staff training and strong partnership with clients. Quality, integrity, safety and sustainability are the pillars of Julius Berger’s structures and behaviors. The company is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen and actively seeks out opportunities to make measurable differences in the future of people and communities.