-Directs Contractor to Dualize Old Umuahia Road to Ubakala Junction
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has directed the contractor handling construction of the Afor Ibeji end of the Aba – Old Umuahia Road to extend the work to Ubakala Junction.
He gave the directive while inspecting the progress of work on the road as part of the State wide project inspection and commissioning program tagged “Kinetic Abia”. He expressed satisfaction with the work already done by the contractor at Afor Ibeji end of the road using rigid pavement technology and urged him not to relent in maintaining the quality of the work.
According to him, his government decided to embark on the Afor Ibeji road project to solve the perennial road failures along the axis for the past 20 years and directed that the project be extended to the Ubakala axis before he will commission the entire stretch as, according to him, “allowing that portion of the road to remain undone would paint a bad picture of the job already done by Arab Contractors at the Aba Road axis”. He recalled that the road was in a very bad shape hence the need to adopt cement pavement technology in fixing it and expressed the hope that the road would last long.
The Governor who disclosed that two more road projects would be completed in Umuahia South LGA before the end of the year, thanked the people for their unflinching support to his administration over the years.
Earlier, the Secretary to the State Government, Barr Chris Ezem, and the T.C Chairman, Umuahia South, Dr. Max Ndukwe Adindu, commended the Governor for his dexterity and managerial skills that made him use cement pavement technology in constructing the road. They pledged their continuous support for the Governor.
In their respective speeches, the Woman Leader of Old Umuahia Women, Lady Elizabeth Omelogu and the Presisent General of the Community, Comrade Lambert Onuoha, described the rigid pavement technology as the first in the history of the Local government Area, adding that the road has given them unhindered access to the Enugu – Port Harcourt Express Way and other communities in the state. They praised the Governor for prioritizing the project which has posed a challenge to the community for many years and prayed God to reward him with long life and prosperity.