Gov Ikpeazu Directs Immediate Work On Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene Road After Death Of Student

Sequel to reports the poor state of the Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene federal road in Umuahia, the Abia State capital which led to the death of a student of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has asked contractors on the road to respond swiftly and work on the road.

Students of the MOUAU protested on the streets of Umuahia after one of their colleagues was crushed to death by a truck because of the bad nature of the roads.

Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu issued a statement on behalf of the Governor as he revealed that the work on the road is commencing immediately.

The statement reads, “Early last week, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu invited the State’s Commissioner for Works, Elder Bob Ogu, to a meeting in his office and directed him to mobilize a contractor to immediately execute palliative repairs of failed portions of Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene Road, Umuahia, after receiving reports on the terrible state of the federal road leading to the prestigious Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), and the attendant hardship experienced by commuters who use the road that also links our state to some neighboring states.

“After assessing the work to be done there, the Honorable Commissioner reverted to the Governor last Friday and informed him that they would have to get written permission from the Federal Ministry of Works before commencing work as the said road has already been awarded by the federal government and handed over to the contractors who are claiming that adequate funds have not yet been provided for commencement of the work.

“At that point, the Governor was really furious and asked: ‘is there a deliberate plan to totally destroy trade and commerce in this state and punish our people?’ He recalled that the federal government also awarded Aba-Ikot Ekpene Highway since 2017 and could not do any effective work on it for so long up to this year to the extent that the state government had to commence reconstruction of the road from Opobo Junction, Aba, area using rigid pavement (cement) technology.

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