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Julius Berger returns to project sites in Rivers

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Julius Berger returns to project sites in Rivers

Post  Admin on Fri Oct 10, 2008 7:28 pm

German construction firm, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, has returned to some of its project sites in Rivers State after it shut down operations in the Niger Delta region due to militant attacks on its expatriate staff.

Our correspondent, who visited Eleme Junction on the outskirts of Port Harcourt on Thursday, learnt that the company had re-mobilised to the flyover construction site there. The company, which had been attacked several times by armed gangs during which some of its workers were killed, had pulled out of the region in protest.

For instance, on March 12, some unidentified gunmen seized its Bonny-bound vessel and two tugboats, which were laden with cement and abducted six crew members on the New Calabar River.Shortly after seizing the vessel and the tugboats, the captors freed one of the crew members and demanded a ransom of N20m. The militants said if the money was not paid, they would blow up the vessel and the remaining crew.

Again on July 11, about 30 militants invaded one of the firm’s road camps along the East/West Highway in Rumuji, Emuoha Local Government Area. The gunmen abducted two German engineers, killed a soldier and injured others before they escaped through the nearby creek. But following appeals by Governor Rotimi Amaechi and the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta and others, the company decided to return to its work sites.

Speaking at the Eleme junction flyover site, the Assistant Liaison Manager of the company, Chief Sam Ngbor, said the movement to the site was in keeping with the understanding reached with the state government. Ngbor said that with adequate security measures and the provision of other logistics, the company would be able to complete the project by June, 2009. He thanked the state government for providing the environment that facilitated the resumption of work by the company, and solicited public cooperation towards ensuring uninterrupted operation.


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