The Federal Government has granted express approval to the State Government to embark on the reconstruction of Onitsha-Enugu Dual Carriage way and receive reimbursement from the Federal Government later.
The Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen who announced this during a courtesy call on Governor Peter Obi at the Governor’s Lodge said President Goodluck Jonathan’s approval was hinged on Governor Obi’s initiatives and several representations on the need for speedy completion of the project. He urged Anambra people to thank the Governor who was always restless for the good of the State.
The Minister said that the Bridge-Head to Zik’s round about axis of the dual carriageway was awarded to the Niger Cat Construction Company, while Zik’s roundabout to Amansea was awarded to the Consolidated Construction Company – CCC.
He explained that the partitioning of the road to two contractors was geared towards ensuring early completion of the project and save the people of the South-East from untold hardship as the ultimate goal is to ensure good motorable road from Onitsha through Enugu to Port Harcout.
Mr. Onolememen said the project would include construction of reinforced concrete rehabilitation of the loop under the bridge, rehabilitation of three slip roads at Upper Iweka Inter-change and other ancillary works.
He restated the commitment of the Federal Government to continue to work closely with Governor Obi to alleviate the suffering of the people, urging the contractors to be alive to their responsibilities as government will not tolerate any excuse.
Responding, Governor Obi thanked President Jonathan for the approval which he noted would bring a lot of relief to the people. He said that the President had remained committed to improving infrastructure in the South-East Zone, noting that for the first time the Second Niger Bridge Project and roads in the South-East Zone are receiving appropriate attention.