There was excitement at the weekend among the indigenes of Ohaji and other road users in Imo State as the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, embarked on inspection of the ongoing project on the dual carriageway of the Owerri-Elele road.
Ihedioha regretted the delay in the completion of the project which he attributed to funding, and assured the people that the federal government was committed to the completion of the road for which N3.5billion was provided in this year’s appropriation.
‘This is one of the major projects that will link the state with other coastal states in the Niger Delta region and indeed trigger economic development," he said.
The deputy speaker therefore urged the contractors to immediately repair the collapsed portions of the road to cushion the effects on road users while the construction continues.
Also, he said: “The progress of work was delayed for awhile due to funding challenges, but I am happy that funds have been provided for this project through the SURE-P funds. This will substantially ensure that the project is advanced for the good of our people.”
While charging contractors on high quality work, Ihedioha said he would continue to embark on inspection visit to the area until the project is completed.
Also speaking, the site engineer of Arab Contractors, the contracting firm handling the project-Saleef Farouq, assured the deputy speaker that the project would be delivered on time and according to specification.
In his speech, the Chairman, House Committee on Works, Ichie Ozor Mgbachi, assured the people that the House would ensure adequate oversight towards ensuring the speedy completion of the project.
The construction of Owerri-Elele road was attracted by Ihedioha in 2009 at the sum of N23.5billion.