By Nwanosike Onu, Awka
The Anambra State House of Assembly, has lamented condition of the Onitsha -Enugu expressway, saying the contract has been abandoned
As a result, the lawmakers are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the contracting firm back to site.
The Federal government suspended work on the Onitsha -Enugu expressway, due to the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the country.
The lawmakers said Buhari’s intervention would rescue millions of users from untold hardships occasioned by the deplorable condition of the road.
This followed a resolution sequel to motion sponsored by the majority leader, Dr. Nnamdi Okafor during plenary.
The lawmakers described the road as important Trunk -A highway, stressing that its completion would not only boost economic activities, improve goods delivery, but minimize vehicular damages
According to Okafor, “the contract for the road reconstruction was awarded to Messrs. Reynod Construction Company (RCC) in November 2018 with a completion period of forty two months.
“The construction company has already completed on worst dilapidated Umunya -Awkuzu axis of the expressway and embarked on the Amawbia -Awkuzu section and was doing well at a very good pace until the lock down and state boundary closures that came with the COVID-19 pandemic occurred,” he said.
He wondered why the contractors were yet to return to site even after several weeks of lifting of lockdown and interstate border closure by the Federal Government.
“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari, through the Minister of Works and Housing, to direct the contractor reconstructing the Anambra section (RCC), to return to site to complete the good job it started on the road to alleviate the sufferings of the road users”
However, the Speaker, Uche Okafor underscored the strategic position of the highway to the socio-economic activities of the South -South and South East geo-political zones
He therefore, expressed confidence that the Federal Government would direct the contractor back to site.