The House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on oversight inspection visit to projects funded by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has lauded the qualitative works executed by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc at both the Lagos-Sagamu Expressway and the Second Niger Bridge, describing them as impressive.
Chairman of the committee, Hon. Ademorin Kuye, said their mission was to investigate the funding of some key infrastructural projects being funded by the NSIA employing the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund nationwide.
When the team inspected the Lagos-Sagamu Expressway, it underscored the significant expertise employed by Julius Berger for the effective construction of the ever-busy highway.
“We all know the importance of this road towards the overall economic development of the country. Nobody can doubt that Julius Berger has done a great work here. The good engineering works of the project speak eloquently of top quality and durability. The company has done well,” Kuye said.
The chairman, who was accompanied by other members of the House Adhoc Committee, expressed satisfaction with the job done by Julius Berger so far and encouraged communities along the project corridor to be at peace with the company as the project will be completed this year.
At the Second Niger Bridge project site, the committee members equally praised Julius Berger’s premium grade engineering construction expertise.
“Nigerians ask for roads, they have a masterpiece of a good road connecting the country here. But we know that when you give them road, they will begin to ask for the costs. And that is why we are embarking on this oversight duty to ensure that everyone complied with relevant laws establishing the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund,” Kuye said.
“The essence of our duty is to ensure that the funding by NSIA was judiciously spent. We are impressed so far. Very soon, work on this road will end and effective road use will begin,” he said.
To the Julius Berger team, the Chairman said, “What you have done is commendable, very commendable, but we have to explain to Nigerians the process that birthed this wonderful edifice, including the challenges of that process.”
The committee members included Hon. Ademorin Kuye, Timiehin Adelegbe, Hon. Isa Muhammed Anka, Hon. Umar Yabo, Hon Festus Akingbaso and Hon. Nasiru Isika. The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) was represented by Mr. Kola Owodunmi, Dr. Adepoju Anthony and Nduka Okoronkwo, while the Project Manager, Engr. Clemens Mueller of Julius Berger led other officials of the company to receive the House Adhoc Committee Chairman and members at the site of the Second Niger Bridge.