In continuation of the mass construction of roads to infrastructural sites and agricultural belts of Anambra State and the comprehensive strategy to achieve food security and industrialisation, the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, yesterday, flagged off the reconstruction of 9.5 kilometre Eke-Awgbu – Amaetiti – Okpeze – Ndiukwuenu road, the second longest road project in the state.
The road project is part of a 13-kilometre road that stretches to Okpeze Bridge, brining to 40 -kilometres, the entire road projects that cut across many communities up to Ufuma, Orumba North Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking during the flag off event, Governor Obiano stated that the road was the longest road project awarded by the state government after the 47-kilometre Aguleri -Oil Rig Road project. According to Obiano, “the road is very important as it traverses many agro-based communities and would stimulate socio-economic growth when completed. It is designed with all necessary components, including bridges and culverts, drainages, street lights, markets and three modern bus stops.”
The governor assured communities around the road project axis that his administration would sustain equitable distribution of democracy dividends to all parts of the state, stressing that it was a deliberate policy of his government to open up roads into the hinterland with viable sources for wealth creation and employment for the youths. He urged the people to monitor the progress of work and preserve facilities in the area as well as ensure that security was maintained.
The Commissioner for Works, Sir Callistus Ilozumba, in his remark, said the contract had been fully mobilised and assured that government would maintain prompt payment of all certificates generated.
He commended the people of the area for removing all obstructions on the road, to pave way for drainage work. However, he warned against burning of tyres and made it clear that those who violated the directive would pay for the cost of removing the bumps.
Sir Callistus directed traditional rulers and Presidents-General of communities to arrange for proper maintenance of the roads and drainage systems to increase the lifespan of the roads.
The member representing Orumba North in the State House of Assembly, Mr. Romanus Obi, said the road would link various parts of Orumba North and thanked the governor for maintaining continuity in government. Also speaking, the Chairman of Orumba North, Mr. Okey Enekwe and his Orumba South counterpart, Mr. John Onyeakpa noted that the governor had increased the tempo of rural development through massive infrastructural development