By: Ifeoma Ejiofor
As part of activities marking his sixth months in office, the Anambra State governor, Prof Charles Soludo has flagged off the construction and rehabilitation of about sixty point thirty four (60.34) kilometer of more roads across the state.
The event began by flagging off the rehabilitation of the twenty six (26) kilometer Awba-Ofemili-Amansea road which will be completed within a record time of sixteen (16) months.
Another road flagged off was the 26.4 kilometer Amansea-Ndiukwuenu-Awa-Ufuma road which will be completed in four (4) months.
The six hundred (600) meter stretch Isu/Igbo, Isuofia/Igboukwu section of the Ekwulobia/Nnobi Road, popularly called ‘Isu/Igbo river was not left out as well as the seven point seven-nine (7.79) kilometer Akpaka to Basilica road, Onitsha North Council Area.
While the Isu/Igbo road will be completed in four months time, it is projected that the Akpaka road will be completed by May, next year.
According to a pact signed between the state and all the contractors, the roads are built to have at least a minimum of twenty years life span.
Gov Soludo also assured that from Awba-Ofemili, his administration will build a bridge across to Ayamelum noting that his government has a commitment with Awka North which he is bound to fulfill.
“I’m so emotional about this place. We even have the road we are designing that will pass through Isuaniocha to Urum and so on. The reason this Amansea to Awba-Ofemili road will take such a long time to complete is because the contractor wants the work to be done on dry stone base.
“Today, we are six months in office and as partners, we need your input in terms of advice and otherwise. I still remember that Ebenebe woman and other people who refused financial inducement during the election”. He pointed out.
“Eventhough there is dearth of funds, we are committed to build these roads and more.
“Over the next two months, we will be flagging off many roads. But we just began with the strategic ones. We will do this road in two phases. In addition to whatever we are already doing here, we are exploring phase two which is the longer term intervention of channeling the flood water collected here to Agulu lake.
“We promised Ndi Anambra and we’ve started to gradually take back and deliver our state. Gov Soludo asserted.