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PORT HARCOURT INSIGHT ₦100

Inspiring Africa’s infrastructural development

VOL.2: NOVEMBER 2019 EDITION

AFRICA’S LARGEST SUGAR REFINERY OPENS IN PORT HARCOURT WHAT’S INSIDE

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PORT HARCOURT PROJECT UPDATES Mr project is working! get first hand update on the three flyover bridge projects.

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hey say you can't build viable, l a rg e n o n - o i l a n d g a s businesses in Port Harcourt. They also say, companies are not willing to invest in Nigeria's slowly recovering economy. Don't let anyone tell you what is possible and what is not, the world today is full of endless possibilities. Today, Port Harcourt is proud to be the host city for BUA's USD 400 million Food Industrial Complex consisting of the following audacious achievements; The largest Sugar Refinery inAfrica at 720,000mtpa The largest Flour Milling Plant in Nigeria 500,000mtpa The largest Pasta processing Plant in Nigeria 500,000mtpA 24MW Power Plant.

THE PROJECT BUA Group is Nigeria's largest privately-owned conglomerate with interest in mining, manufacturing, foods, and agriculture. The company made the USD 400 million investment decision in 2013, with the aim of becoming a world conglomerate. The project is situated

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at a prime location with easy access to the sea, rail lines and very good road networks. The entire factory is powered by a 3-way integrated power source which is abundantly available in the Niger Delta region. A 12mw Gas Generator A 1Omw Turbine A 2mw Diesel Generator

W H AT A R E T H E BENEFITS? According to Mohammed Ibrahim Lile, General Manager at Bua Ports and Terminal, the construction of this project was carried out by 95% of Nigerians and 5% of expatriates with the sole purpose of transferring technical knowledge to Nigerians in case there is need to replicate this project in the country. The complex will provide direct jobs for over 1,000 people with several opportunities for indirect jobs. This is no doubt a good step to show Nigerians and foreign investors that there are other sectors in Port Harcourt to invest in asides from the oil and gas.

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This project is a welcomed achievement, and we hope to see more private investment in our city of Port Harcourt.

CURRENT CHALLENGES? So far, the only thing threatening the project is the dispute with the Nigerian Ports Authority. Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has been a pain in the neck as regards to the smooth flow of the concluded project. Despite the laudable investment by Mr. Rabiu Abdulsamad (Chairman, Bua Group), Ms Hadiza Bala Usman (Managing Director of NPA) immediately terminated the lease contract with BUA Ports & Terminals LTD. BUA Ports & Terminal LTD is a subsidiary of BUA Group with a lease agreement to operate terminal B, Rivers Port, Port Harcourt.

FOLLOW UP ACTION This move is threating the future of this investment, and the positive impact it could have on Rivers indigenes. Ms Hadiza is claiming that BUA had neglected the ports, whereas, BUA had issued a letter requesting for remedial works. BUA is not a saint in this dispute, neither is the move to terminate the agreement. Apparently, the dispute is more of a display of power, because both Ms Hadiza and Mr. Rabiu are both blue bloods from Kaduna and Kano States respectively. Indeed, when a good thing is about to happen, some evil is lurking around the corner trying to thwart progress! Hopefully, both parties will bury the hatchet for the good of Port Harcourt.

Silos used for storing flour and sugar

PROJECT UPDATE Yes! Mr. Projects is at work again! Traffic congestion is gradually becoming a norm in the city of PortHarcourt especially during rush hours (4 – 6pm). As this rush hour approaches, Port-Harcourt residents almost automatically become navigators in search of the best lesscongest routes to take, but most times it seems like these traffic congestions are unbeatable. However, this plight might soon be a thing of the past as Rivers state governor Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike recently awarded a contract to Julius Berger Nigeria Plc for the construction of three (3) flyover bridges.

Zaccheus Adango for Rivers state government and Dr. Lars Richter, Managing Director for Julius Berger Plc; the following were agreed; Total Project Cost: ₦ 21 Billion Naira. Time Frame: October 2019 to February 2021 (16 months).

Engr. Seyi Makinde, Oyo state governor (Left) and Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike (right) flagging off the Rumuogba flyover

THE FLYOVER PROJECT

PROJECT NAME

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RUMUOGBA FLYOVER

517.5

LOCATION

WIDTH

ARTILLERY 1 & 2

14.6

The Prototype of the Rumuogba flyover

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Governor Nyesom Wike who during the signing ceremony promised that his government will pay a 70% upfront (â‚Ś14.7 billion) to ensure that the project is completed within its stipulated time frame (16 months). He also charged the contractor to deliver a quality project. He further assured the Contractor of their balance when the projects reach 90 percent completion. The Governor declared himself as the Chief Liaison Officer, who will compensate citizens affected by the project. It seems that the able governor kept true to his word as Tide Newspaper reported that the three flyovers have been flagged off with a 70% upfront payment. During the flag-off, Governor Nyesom Wike urged Julius Berger to give preference to Rivers indigenes during employment of construction workers and sub-contractors.

The simultaneous construction of the three (3) flyover bridges will provide thousands of job opportunities for Rivers people. The Governor also pleaded with host communities to join efforts in making sure these projects are a success.

Prototype of the Okoro-nu-odu and Rebisi Flyover

The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike (left), Bauchi State Governor Sen. Bala Mohammed (right) flagging of Okoro-Nu-Odu flyover

PROJECT NAME

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REBISI FLYOVER

360 m

LOCATION

WIDTH

GARRISON JUNCTION

7.3 m

PROJECT NAME

LENGTH

OKORO-NU-ODU FLYOVER

360 m

LOCATION

WIDTH

RUMUOKORO JUNCTION

7.3 m

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and Former Rivers State Governor, Sir Celestine Omehia during the Flag off of the construction of Rebisi Flyover Bridge on Thursday in Port Harcourt

CURRENT PROGRESS Julius Berger has already started work on the proposed flyover sites. They began with geotechnical site investigations which include soil test and pile load testing. Geotechnical investigation is the process of obtaining information on the physical properties of the ground for a proposed structure. This involves a surface and subsurface exploration of the site using mechanised tools and equipment. The Pile load testing is conducted horizontally and vertically to confirm the acceptable limits of loading for the proposed design load calculations; which generally helps to provide an idea of the most suitable piling system for the structure. In the coming months, we hope to report more progress. One thing however is sure; Mr. Projects is working, and we might soon see a restoration of Port-Harcourt as the nation's Garden city.

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LATEST JOB CIVIL/STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING AT CHILEWA INVESTMENTS LIMITED Chilewa investments limited, a manpower support provider, is currently recruiting for a CIVIL/STRUCTURAL ENGINEER to an Exploration and Production (E&P) company IN Port Harcourt

SERVICE PERSONNEL PROFILE Bachelor’s Degree in Civil or Structural Engineering with 10 - 15 years cognate experience in the Oil and Gas Industry. Proficiency in the use of relevant Computer Programs (AutoCAD, STAADPro) Demonstrable knowledge of Industry Codes and Standards (British Standards, Eurocodes, etc.) Good interpersonal and communication skills.

HOW TO APPLY Interested applicants should therefore send their curriculum vitae (CV) to chilewa_groupe@yahoo.co.uk Note: CV file name should be in the following format: “Position Applied for -Your Name”

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