Federal Government has expressed optimism that despite the initial delays, the Bodo-Bonny Road project in Rivers State, now valued at N200bn would be completed.
Fashola, who was on a working visit to the state, said this while speaking with newsmen shortly after inspection of the project on Tuesday.
The project crisscross four communities in four Local Government Areas of the state namely, Bodo, Opobo, Anodoni and Bonny Island.
He said the project which was previously to gulp N120bn would now cost N200bn due to a pipeline crossing bridge which required more work to be done to avoid damage to the oil facility.
Fashola describe the project as historic following the grounds covered since it was started over three years ago, just as he slams international oil companies that operated in Ogoni land without ensuring that the area was developed.
“That we can stand here is truly historic. Three and a half years ago when this project started there was no way to be here. We flew the Vice President who came to flag if off on behalf of the President. We flew from Port Harcourt to Bonny. So that we can stand here now on farmland, even though the project is not finished is truly historic.
“We are in Ogoni land for those who can’t come here. So this in one of the places where oil has been extracted from many decades. But many of those who did it did not think it fit to make this kind of investment.”
The minister said such projects underscored the President’s determination to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty.