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Intels redeems N1 billion commitment to East-West Road repair project

Integrated Logistics Limited Company (Intels) says it has fully paid up
its contribution of one billion Naira (N1,000,000,000), being part of the three
billion Naira (N3,000,000,000) needed for the repair of the collapsed six
kilometre portion of the East/West road in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The Public Relations Manager of Intels, Mr Isidore Sambol, made the
disclosure of the redemption of the amount to newsmen in Abuja over the weekend
while reacting to the warning of Governor Nyeson Wike at the flag-off of the
project on July 15.

Governor Wike of Rivers State had while
flagging off the road repair work on July 15 warned contributing companies to
the project that they would not be allowed to operate if they did not pay up
their contributions.

“If you don’t pay your contribution, I
will not allow you to operate. We must do something to show that we have agreed
on the rehabilitation of the road,” Governor Wike had told the six partner

 The six companies including Intels and the Rivers State Government
had agreed to raise the N3 billion to fix the bad portion of the busy road
which is a gate way to other neighbouring states.

 Sambol explained that Intels fully paid up its share of the repair
of the six kilometre portion of the collapsed East-West Road because of its
strategic importance to the socio-economic development of Rivers and Nigeria as
a whole and its avowed commitment to its corporate social responsibility in the
environment where it operates and to members of its host communities.

 He said that Intels, an oil and gas cargo handling company which
has been operating for over 30 years takes delight in impacting positively on
the lives of Nigerians living within its areas of operation.

 He commended Governor Wike for the
bold initiative of mobilising the six companies operating within the area to
raise the three billion Naira needed to fix the road which has been a nightmare
to its users for several years.

 “Our own workers stand to
benefit from the effort because they suffer a lot each working day manoeuvring
their way through the heavy traffic experienced on the road and the attendant
pot holes as they make their way to the office,” Sambol said.

 “Every day, they get to the
office so tired and will spend some time reorganizing and adjusting to the work
environment before facing the task for the day. This can be very frustrating
and counter-productive,” Sambol said.
At the flagging off, Governor Wike said
both lanes of the East/West road from Eleme Junction to Onne exit point will be
repaired and that the project would be handled by Reynolds Construction Company
(RCC) within a period of two months.

 He said that the state government
could no longer wait for the Federal Government to repair the road because of
its economic importance to the state.

Other companies that contributed in raising the fund include
Indorama Petroleum Limited, West African Container Terminal Limited, Port
Harcourt Refining Company Limited, Nigeria Ports Authority and Oil and Gas Free
Zones, Onne.

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