The governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has reportedly released about N6bn for the completion of both ongoing and newly awarded road projects in the state.
This was disclosed in a press release made available to journalists which was signed by Mr. Onyebuchi Ememanka, Chief Press Secretary to the governor.
In a breakdown of projects that would be covered by the fund release by the governor, the sum of 1 Billion Naira was released to the contractor handling the Osisioma Flyover Project where work is expected to commence in the days ahead.
Other projects that got share of the fund include the UMUEZE – ABSUTH – UDEAGBALA ROAD which will see the immediate completion and asphalting of 2 kilometers of the road from the Aba Owerri Road Junction. The Abia State University Teaching Hospital is also located along this road.
Another road to be dealt with is the Aba-Owerri Road from the Osisioma Junction, as well as the entire stretch of Osusu Road which will be completed within the next 100 days.
Another sum of One Billion Naira was released to the contractor handling the Obikabia to Obikabia Road project as we gathered. The road cuts across three local government areas and is expected to be completed up to the Umuene Junction from Obikabia Junction at Ogbor Hill, as well as the part from Umuikea Junction to Omoba.
We also learnt that the Emelogu Road Project off Opobo Junction will receive attention. Dualization will commence from Opobo Junction terminating at Emelogu Junction with a detour from the Junction where asphalting will be done on the entire stretch of Emelogu all the way down to the Waterside Second Bridge, popularly known as Orji Uzor Bridge.
In Umuahia, the state government have released fund to Arab Contractors to finish the Aba road project. We gathered that they will initially complete the first phase which covers the distance from the Railway Crossing down to the Golden Guinea Breweries area, while the Phase Two which starts from The Railway Crossing through Afo Ibeji all the way down to the Express Junction will be flagged off immediately after the first phase is completed.
In addition to the above, three new road projects will be flagged off within this same period. They are –
- Ohanku Road Aba
- Umuopara Ring Road, Umuahia South LGA
- Ohafia Township Roads
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According to the press release, the government is committed to mounting about 1000 street lights and energizing it in Aba and Umuahia and will also commerce its urban renewal projects.