Imo State Executive Council has approved an ambitious and massive 13 roads rehabilitation and construction across the state estimated at N24.34b as part of the first 100 days activities

The contracts were immediately signed inside Sam Mbakwe Expanded Council Chambers in Owerri by the various contractors and the representatives of the state government including the Commissioner of Works, Engineer Ben Ekwueme

The flag-off of the roads projects according to the Commissioner of Works, Engr. Ben Ekwueme takes place today Thursday

The roads involved which cut across the three zones of Orlu, Owerri and Okigwe, include: Ahiara-Okpala junction; Nkume-Umuowa-Orlu ; Mgbidi-Oguta; Naze-Nekede-Ihiagwa-Obinze; Concord-Hotel –Jacob Zuma and Imo State Teaching Hospital

Others are: Imo State University –Bishop Court; Aba Branch-Ahiara Junction; Okigwe Roundabout-St. Mary Okigwe; Asumpta-Umuguma Junction and Douglas-Naze Junction, among others.

Commissioner for Works, Engineer Ben Ekwueme who addressed the media after the State Executive Council meeting noted that the massive road projects was occasioned by years of infrastructural neglect by the previous government headed by Owelle Rochas Okorocha

“The utter neglect left many roads in the state and Owerri municipality in dreaded and deplorable conditions”, he stated

According to him, the urgent step any responsible government like the one headed by Governor Emeka Ihedioha ought to take under this kind of situation is to declare a state of emergency on roads

He assured that the roads on completion would be of high quality noting that the projects would be completed between nine to twenty-four months

Ekwueme however added that the approved massive construction of roads in the state is in line with the rebuild Imo agenda of Governor Ihedioha’s administration and in fulfillment of his campaign promises

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