The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Obot Akpabio, has confirmed that the Ministry has received a 2021 Sovereign Sukuk cheque of N10.4 billion from the Federal government for the construction of the East-West Road.
The East-West road is a 675km dual-carriageway meant to open up the entire Niger Delta, linking them one to another as well as to the industrialized South-West region of Nigeria. It stretches from Calabar in Cross River State to Warri in Delta State, with an additional 23.9km included by former President Goodluck Jonathan to link Calabar with the oceanic town of Oron in Akwa Ibom State. The road was conceived to link all major oil towns, beginning from Oron in Uyo to Calabar across Cross River and the Atlantic Ocean, up to Itu and Eket (Akwa Ibom), Port Harcourt and Ahoada (Rivers), Kaiama (Bayelsa), and Warri (Delta), up to Benin. From there, a traveller to Lagos would link up Okada Town (Edo), straight down to Ore, Sagamu, and then Lagos.
Mr. Akpabio confirmed the reception of the check on his Twitter account, @Senator_Akpabio, on Friday.
“Today, I received, on behalf of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, 2021 Sovereign Sukuk cheque of N10.4bn for the construction of the East West Road, from the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr (Mrs) Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed.”