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.