BY JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU & JOSEPH ERUNKEABUJA—THE Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, yesterday,  said that his ministry needed N113 billion to complete the road while assuring that the project would be completed by December this year.Orubebe spoke when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, noting that the project was awarded without detailed designs and drawings.He said that although the job had reached 66.6 percent completion level, the 42 bridges and 1,040 culverts in the dual carriage road which had been constructed were not captured in the initial project as a result of lack of designs and drawing when it was awardedAccording to him, apart from security challenges, the non-availability of drawings or designs were the main reasons why the project which was awarded  in 2006 had not been completion.He also stated that the design for the project was only completed in 2010 when financial backing was eventually provided for it.Besides, Orubebe noted that N236 billion had been spent on the N349.8 billion project, pointing out that additional N113 billion would ensure its completion and commissioning.The Abdul Ningi-led SURE-P committee had invited Orubebe to explain how the N51.7 billion SURE-P fund released to the ministry for the project was utilized.Orubebe said that the ministry had nothing to do with SURE-P funds except to pass certificates generated to the committee, explaining further that N5 billion was still outstanding from last year’s budget due to the inability of SURE-P committee to process certificates appropriately.He said that the ministry was not being properly funded from the national budget, adding that the date given for the completion of the East West road depended on availability of funds.He said: “The desire of this government and particularly the Ministry of Niger Delta is to ensure that this road is delivered to this part of this country barring unforeseen circumstances. But I have to appeal as I said; we still need N113 billion and we need the intervention of this committee in providing additional fund. By the grace of God, this road will be delivered to this country by December 2014.”The Deputy Majority Leader and Senate Committee Chairman on SURE-P, Abdul Ningi had in his remarks said that the East/West road history in the country was a near tragedy, pointing out that the project which was initially awarded at the cost of N197 billion had now increased to N349 billion, yet the work had not been completed.Ningi noted that going by the cost of the project, it would take N1 billion to get one kilometre of the road done, even as the  work so far done was not commensurate with the N236 billion so far paid to the contractors.Also, Senator Olubunmi Adetumbi- APC, Ekiti North, disagreed with Orubebe over his pledge that the job would be completed by December this year, as the Minister had made similar pledges in the past.Adetumbi said, “It is going to be practically impossible to deliver the road by December 2014.”The committee accused the ministry of paying N4 billion to Ghitto Construction Company without the company doing any good job, but the minister retorted that no payment made without justification