Otti Flags Off Nunya-Eluama Road Reconstruction, Says Projects Will See Early Completion

...To End Development Divide

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In a bid to fix deplorable roads in rural communities and link them to the urban areas, Governor Alex Otti has flagged off the reconstruction of the 11.5 kilometres Nunya -Eluama -Isuikwuato road with an assurance that all projects he is embarking upon will be completed on schedule.

Flagging off the project at the Nunya,Isikwuato Junction of the Enugu – Port Harcourt expressway, Governor Alex Otti said the road, upon completion, would provide support for farmers in the area to evacuate their farm produce.

According to the Governor ,the road is important to the social and economic growth of the people, disclosing that the road would be completed within one year.
Headded that the choice of China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) Limited for the project was based on competence and ability to deliver in record time.

“I am particularly happy because I know the importance of this stretch of road to the various economic and social groups who in about 12 months when this project is billed to be completed will spend less to move their agricultural produce to the urban centres for better returns.

“This project links into our general strategy of opening up our rural communities for greater prosperity through quicker access to urban markets and increased investments which ultimately would yield massive employment opportunities for thousands of our young people.

“As I mentioned last week when we flagged off the reconstruction of the Arochukwu – Ndiokereke – Ozuabam road. Our over- riding goal is to turn every community in the State to a safe and secured investment destination with suitable supporting infracstructure.

“This project links into our general strategy of opening up our rural communities for greater prosperity through quicker access to urban markets and increased investments which ultimately would yield massive employment opportunities for thousands of our young people.

“As I mentioned last week when we flagged off the reconstruction of the Arochukwu – Ndiokereke – Ozuabam road, our over-riding goal is to turn every community in the state to a safe and secured investment destination with suitable supporting infracstructure”, he said.

Governor Otti equally allayed the fears of not completing his road projects in record time given the number of projects ongoing in various parts of the State, noting, “We are very strategic in our approach. First, let me announce that all our road projects are proceeding as scheduled and would be delivered and commissioned as planned. So, rather than delay, we are actually getting signals that many of the road projects would be completed in much earlier time than scheduled”.

Speaking, the Member representing Isuikwuato State Constituency at the State House of Assembly, Hon. Lucky Johnson and the Mayor of Isuikwuato LGA, Air Vice Marshall Chinwendu Onyike (Rtd) expressed their joy that the road, which has been long abandoned, is being reconstructed by Governor Alex Otti, and assured of their maximum support to the Governor to enable him achieve his goal in the governance of the state.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Works , Engr. Don Oti who disclosed the details of the construction work, assured that the Ministry of Works would supervise the road to ensure it is delivered on time and in line with specifications, adding that with the rate at which Governor Otti is moving in fixing road infracstructure in the State, Abia would soon become a centre of reference for development.

In their speeches,some sons of Isuikwuato LGA, including the Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Youth and Sports, Mr. Chinedu Ekeke and the former Chief of Army Staff, Leautnant General Azubuike Ihejirika (Rtd.) identified good governance as having quality road infrastructure and security.

They commended the Governor for his resolve to intervene in fixing the Nunya -Eluama -Isuikwuato road that has been in deplorable condition for decades and appreciated the Governor for deploying a notable engineering company to construct the road.

In his speech, the General Manager of the company handling the project, CCECC, Mr. Eric Shen assured of the commitment of his company to deliver quality work in line with specifications and in record time too, stating that the road, upon completion, would achieve its aim of connectivity, and facilitation of commerce and enhancement of the lives of the people of the area.