Wednesday 26th July, 2017
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Why Enugu is intervening on some Federal government roads - Engr Patrick Ikpenwa

Why Enugu is intervening on some Federal government roads - Engr Patrick Ikpenwa

MAURICE OKAFOR in Enugu reports that the state commissioner for works, Engr. Patrick Ikpenwa, has informed that the state government has fulfilled all the necessary proce­dures expected from it for a refund of a total sum of twenty two billion, eight hundred million naira from the federal government, be­ing the amount it spent on federal roads in the state.
Engr. Ikpenwa narrated to ‘The Authority’ that the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Justice Baba Fashola, during his recent tour of federal roads across the South East zone re assured that the re­fund will be made. He said that if the money had been refunded, it would have gingered the pre­sent administration in the state led by governor Ugwuanyi to intensify efforts in providing lots of social amenities across all nooks and cranny of the state.
However, due to public outcry for social amenities, especially in the provision of road infra­structure, Governor Ugwuanyi administration is left with no other option than do that. The state has spent additional two billion and six hundred naira in revitalizing federal roads across the state, with due con­sultation and ratification by the Federal Ministry of works.
His words: ‘We also have to intervene in some federal roads, even though we are still waiting for the refund of N22.8billion naira from the Federal govern­ment. But that doesn’t deter us. We spent over 785 million naira in treating some physical struc­tures on the 9th mile-Oji River-Ugwuoba road because people were being trapped on the failed portions of the road, along Opi- Obollo Afor road, we did a total overlap. Between Obollo Afor -Amalla,9th mile -Umumba-Egede, we spent over one bil­lion naira on that section of the road.9th mile-Opi are all fed­eral roads but we have to inter­vene because of people outcry’.
The Enugu state commission­er for works, Engr. Ikpeama dis­closed that road projects execut­ed in partnership with the local council administration, a total of thirty five projects cut across the 17 local government areas of the state will be commissioned soon.
He said state government in­volves all stakeholders in the various communities while taking decision on the choice of social amenities for their re­spective rural communities.
 

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