The Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, have commended the Federal Government for commencing the rehabilitation of the 41km Ozalla-Akpugo-Amagunze-Ihuokpara-Nkomoro Ebonyi federal road.Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State (2nd left); Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu (3rd left); Chairman, House Committee on Works, Rt. Hon. Tobi Okechukwu (left); representative from Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Engr. Ogidan (3rd right); Site Engineer, Arab Contractors, Engr. Sameh (2nd right); Engr. Jonathan Ivoke, others, during flag off of the rehabilitation of the 41km Ozalla -Akpugo -Amagunze -Ihuokpara – Nkomoro Ebonyi federal road at Agbani, Nkanu West Local Government Area, Sunday.
The road, earlier awarded in 2010, stopped due to poor funding, but was re-awarded by the present federal administration following the intervention of Governor Ugwuanyi, Senator Ekweremadu, and other federal legislators from the State.
Speaking during the flag-off of the project, Governor Ugwuanyi appreciated the synergy among the federal lawmakers from the State, which he said, contributed highly to the commencement of work on the road.
“What we are witnessing here is the gift of synergy among the National Assembly Members from Enugu State led by Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
“On behalf of Ndi Enugu, we appreciate the Federal Government for acceding to the request by the State for the road rehabilitation, which will bring about socio-economic transformation to the people”, he said.
In the same vain, Senator Ekweremadu applauded the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for making funds available for the project.
He explained that the initial challenge faced by the project was because it started as a Constituency Project under Hon. Peace Nnaji, which usually suffers setback in terms of continuity, especially when the lawmaker that initiated it did not return to the National Assembly, stressing the need for constituents to have experienced hands in the parliament.
He, however, explained that the road had now been awarded as a full project under the Federal Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing, commending Governor Ugwuanyi for his cooperation with the members of the National Assembly to ensure the reactivation of the project.
He added that the Governor mandated them to ensure that no federal road in the State was abandoned.
“I would, therefore, like to express our special gratitude to the FG for making funds available to continue this project and also call on them to step up efforts on roads in the South East”.