By Jennifer John
Ekiti State Governor and chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Kayode Fayemi has extolled the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, over road construction in the state.
Fayemi made this remark, yesterday while commissioning the Chukwuma Nwaoha Link Road, rehabilitated by the government of Governor Hope Uzodimma.
He said, “For you to be able to, out of the limited resources available to this state, do this network of roads that I have heard about, and continue to work on the overall development of the state is not only commendable but something to be celebrated.
“They show that the commitment you have to our people in total. I plead with our people to give peace a chance since there will be no meaningful development where there is no peace and security”.
In his address, Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma said the commissioning was heartwarming because the road is named in honour of Chukwuma Nwaoha, who as a teenager made the nation proud by being among the Nigerian under 17 football team who won the under 17 world cup, 1985 in China.
He said it was a shame that the road was left in deplorable condition by previous administrations for over 20 years.
“To the glory of God, this is now history. We have not only recovered the road but have turned it into a dual carriageway, to take more traffic off the ever-busy Egbu Road. Apart from relieving residents of the burden of restlessness occasioned by flooding, this road relieves pressure from the city centre as those coming from Umuahia, Mbaise, Emekuku, can easily pass through it to Imo State University Road, Okigwe Road, Orji and other parts of the city”
Earlier in his address, Imo State Commissioner for Works, Ralph Nwosu said the government of Senator Hope Uzodimma has commissioned quite several roads in the last few weeks, which included Muhammadu Buhari Road, connecting World Bank Housing Estate and Federal Secretariat, Owerri, DickTiger Road, Owerri, Relief Market Road, Owerri, Evan Enwerem Road, Owerri, among others.
He said in total, the government has commissioned 22 road projects which he also listed, disclosing that also, the government has kept faith in maintaining the existing roads and promised that the governent was committed to bringing roads in the state to international standard.