Edo State’s former Governor and ex-Chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, has at the commissioning ceremony of the Julius Berger built Rumuepirikom Flyover Bridge in Port Harcourt, River State, asserted that “Julius Berger is the most reliable construction company in Nigeria”.
The Rumuepirinkom Flyover Bridge is the eighth in a row of bridges recently commissioned by the River State Government under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike, and built by Julius Berger Nigerian Plc.
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was the Rivers State Government’s Special Guest of Honour at the commissioning ceremony of the flyover bridge located at the popular Rumuepirikom Roundabout in the Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of the State. Being the eighth bridge in a row of bridges timely and excellently delivered in the state by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, the commissioning of the Rumuepirikom Flyover eloquently tells a worthy story of Julius Berger’s leadership, excellence and commanding engineering brilliance.
At the ceremony, the Executive Governor of River State, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON, commended Julius Berger for its committed partnership with the government in the development of critical infrastructure to the benefit of all Rivers people and, indeed, Nigerians.
Speaking at the event in Port Harcourt, the Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Engr. Dr. Lars Richter said the contract for the construction of the Rumuepirikom Flyover was awarded to the company on the 6th of May, 2021. According to Richter, the project was completed as contracted and achieved with excellent quality. He thanked the community for enduring the “huge inconveniences” during the construction period and for their cooperation while the construction works lasted. Dr. Richter commended the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike particularly for his consistent moral and financial support to the company throughout the construction of the Flyover until its successful delivery.
In a hilarious but sincere response to Julius Berger’s Managing Director’s speech where he thanked Governor Wike for his moral and financial support for the success of the project, the former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Oshiomhole said, “to achieve this type of great and qualitative infrastructure that is visible in Port Harcourt for all of us to see, Julius Berger does not need moral support… Just pay them their money and they get the job done with excellent results; they remain matchless in terms of contractual performance, engineering competence and technical quality”.
In what has been a festival of project commissioning in Rivers State, many laudable projects completed by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc were commissioned with the attendance of notable people from across the country.
The ninth Flyover Bridge, the Nkpolu-Oroworukwo Flyover, which was awarded to Julius Berger on the 22nd of February 2022, with a twelve-month contractual delivery period, was successfully completed by the company and commissioned by the Rivers State Government on Thursday, 17th of November 2022 with Mr. Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambra State as the Special Guest of Honour.
At the event, Dr. Richter thanked the Nkpolu-Oroworukwo community for their peaceful and helpful cooperation and support throughout the construction of the project.
Earlier, the Dr. Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, which was also built by Julius Berger and equipped by General Electric, was commissioned with the Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Amino Ado Bayero, CFR, as the Special Guest of Honour.
According to Engr. Dr. Lars Richter, the Julius Berger Managing Director, the Dr. Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Diagnostic and Treatment Centre is “a state-of-the-art medical facility specialised to deliver high-level diagnosis and treatment for chronic diseases”. He added that “the hospital is designed more specifically as a cancer treatment facility, featuring advanced healthcare services such as chemotherapy and nuclear medicine”.
Dr. Richter said that the hospital would serve as both a catalyst and inspiration as well as a model for the development of essential healthcare solutions in Nigeria and that it can turn Rivers State into a new medical tourism destination.
The Dr. Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Diagnostic and Treatment Centre in Port Harcourt consists of a fully equipped chemotherapy ward, a dedicated Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Critical Care Unit (CCU) patient wards, and private isolation bed areas. It also consists of a pathology laboratory, a radiology department with both MRI and CT Scanning facilities, doctors’ consulting rooms, a pharmacy, and a restaurant and coffee shop facility for patient and visitor refreshments.
According to Richter, all of the above facilities were conceived by the Rivers State Government, and built by Julius Berger, to alleviate human suffering, providing next-level healthcare to Nigerians and the international community in Nigeria. On behalf of the Board and Executive Management, Dr. Richter commended and thanked Governor Wike for his foresight and vision, which birthed the ‘momentous project’ now delivered by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc.
Another Julius Berger constructed road project, the Mgbuitanwo internal road project in the Emohua Local Government Area was also commissioned on Monday 21st of November 2022 in Rivers State. The former Governor of Kano State and former Minister of Defence, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwanso, who is also a distinguished Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), was the Special Guest of Honour at the event in Mgbuitanwo in Rivers State.
Dignitaries at the commissioning ceremonies in Port Harcourt also included the Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Her Excellency, Dr (Mrs.) Ipalibo Harry Banigo, DSSRS; members of the State Executive Council; the Honourable Speaker and members of the Rivers State House of Assembly; the Chairman and members of the Rivers State Council of Chiefs; Rivers State Women, Youths and cultural organisations; as well as members of the Press. The Julius Berger delegation to the different commissioning was led by the company’s Managing Director, Engr. Dr. Lars Richter. Other Julius Berger officials at project commissioning ceremonies in Port Harcourt and Mgbuitanwo included the Regional Manager, South-south/South-east operations, Engr. Juergen Fischer; Project Coordinator, South-south/South-east Chief Sam Ngbor; Special Project Manager, Port Harcourt, Engr. Rimon Marisho; Project Manager Port Harcourt, Engr. Therna; and the Head of Media Relations Office, Prince Moses Duku, amongst others.