The Federal Government has mobilised Reynolds Construction Company (RCC), the contractor handling the dualisation of the Benin/Ehor section of the Benin/Auchi/Okene highway, back to site.
It would be recalled that the Goodluck Jonathan administration awarded contract for the dualisation of the highway from Benin to Lokoja, to four different construction companies.
The companies – Messers Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company Nig. Ltd, RCC Nig. Ltd, Bulletin Construction Nig. Ltd and Gitto Construzoioni Genralli Nig. Ltd – were awarded contract for four lots/sections namely Benin-Ehor, Ehor-Irrua, Irrua-Auchi, and Auchi-Lokoja.
The RCC, which started the dualisation work on the highway in 2012, moved out of site late 2014 over non-availability of funds from the government.
Confirming the development in an interview with journalists on Saturday in Benin City, the Edo State capital, the Federal Controller of Works, Denis Orji, said the mobilisation of RCC back to site has seen more than 300 workers that were laid off after they closed site in 2014, reabsorbed.
Mr. Orji said the first task before the construction company was to see that the potholes and failed sections of the highway are made motorable again.
“Though their schedule is between Benin/Ehor section of the road, but they are to ensure that the section up to Iruekpen is passable by carrying out maintenance work.
“If you go through the road as we speak, you will see that the company have done a lot of work on the area they are maintaining, what is left for them majorly is to put bitumen.
“You will see that they have moved equipment back to site, but by next week, you will see more of the equipment”, he said.