Enugu awards NI.Ib road contracts
In keeping with the ongoing massive infrastructural development across the length and breadth of the state, Enugu Government has awarded contracts for the construction and rehabilitation of more urban and rural roads at the cost of over N1.170 billion.
Speaking after the State Executive Committee (EXCO), the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Greg Nnaji, an engineer, disclosed that the new road projects include the constructions of Achi Akpa –Daughters of Divine Love (DDL) Juniorate Main Entrance, Abakpa-Nike, Enugu East Local Government Area; Colliery Avenue to Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Headquarters, Enugu North L.G.A, and Reconstruction of Ezenwani Akpaka and Isukwuato Street/Ogui road, Asata Enugu at the cost of N46.309 million, N32.348 million and N19.996 million, respectively.
Other projects, which took the chunk of the N1.170 billion, include the re-awarded contract for the completion of Orie Emene-Adoration Ground road (Adoration Ground section), Emene, Enugu East L.G.A and the extension of Nkwo Inyi-Akpugo Eze- Anambra State border road in Oji River L.G.A, at the cost of N418.654million and N653.268m, respectively.
The Works Commissioner explained that the contractor handling the Orie Emene-Adoration Ground road withdrew formally, which necessitated the decision of the council to re-award the contract to another construction company, adding that the beauty of it was that “the government will not spend any extra cost but the balance of the initial contract sum”.
Nnaji further explained that the Colliery road, which was abandoned for over 20 years needed to be rehabilitated because of its relevance, considering that the “One Stop Investment Shop” office of the Ease of Doing Business is located there.
He noted that the government shifted its attention to Oji River L.G.A in line with the resolve to attract development to every corner of the state as well as the rural development agenda, adding that the council decided to complete the Nkwo Inyi – Akpugo Eze-Anambra State border road to promote economic growth and reduce urban migration.
He stated that the state government has remained consistent with the duration of contract executions, and stressed that the money for the payment of all contracts awarded are available.He therefore, encouraged all contractors in the state to endeavor to complete their projects in due time and according to specifications.
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