The member representing Ikuwano/Umuahia North/South Federal Constituency of Abia State at the House of Representatives, Hon Sam Onuigbo, has applauded the FG for approving the takeover of the rehabilitation of the dilapidated Umuahia-Ikwuano-Ikot Ekpene road.
This follows the recent approval of the sum of N621.2 billion, by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), on Wednesday, for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to handle the reconstruction of 21 federal roads across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
NDREPORTERS reported that the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, had announced this on Wednesday, while briefing State House reporters after the federal cabinet meeting presided over by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
The approved rehabilitation of Umuahia (Ikwuano)-Ikot Ekpene road: Umuahia-Umudike in Abia State is 48 kilometers, across the states of southeast Nigeria.
Also, recall that the deplorable nature of the federal road had led to the killing of a 500-level student of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umuahia, in Abia State, by a trailer driver, leading to heavy protests against the dilapidated road and demanded repair of the road that had become a deathtrap to the people for decades and until this moment.
Reacting to the approval for the rehabilitation of the road, through a statement issued to journalists in Umuahia, the Abia capital, on Thursday, Onuigbo described the gesture as a welcome development and attributed realization of the rehabilitation project as a result of sustained pressure on the government after successful interventions by his office.
The federal lawmaker commended the Fashola and the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) for constantly doing the best he can to ensure that the nightmare people faced on the bad road is brought to an end.
Onuigbo expressed confidence in the speedy completion of the rehabilitation work on the road, and equally expressed gratitude to members of the media, the youths, my brothers and sisters from Ikwuano/Umuahia, other Abians, and all the many people who in one way or the other lent their voices in amplifying the call for the federal government to take action.
“I am immensely happy that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) Wednesday, October 27, 2021, approved the take-over of the rehabilitation of the Umuahia-Ikwuano-Ikot Ekpene federal road, by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). This is in line with the letters of Executive Order No. 007 of 2019 which allows the private sector to deploy funds in advance for taxes they would pay, on infrastructural development.
“The major challenge that we have faced in the efforts to fix this road, has been due to the inadequate allocation and release of funds by the FG after it was awarded to Hartland Nigeria Limited in 2019. The take-over of the project by the NNPC is therefore a most welcome development which is a result of sustained pressure on the Government. I am thankful that the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, His Excellency Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, constantly made aware of the deplorable state of the road and the countless sufferings our people face on the road, deemed it fit to recommend that the road be part of the roads handed over to the NNPC. I am confident that this will speed up work.
“As a people, we just always collectively fight for our good. Our forefathers in their wisdom knew that only a united front can lead to success in any venture. May we not relent in fighting for our rights as one. Leadership is a collective responsibility and we are all leaders,” he said