Amidst dwindling revenue, Gov. Ugwuanyi moves to award more road contracts

By The Citizen

Against the backdrop of the prevailing economic challenges in the country, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has commenced the process of awarding more road projects and other infrastructure across the state, in line with his determination to advance good governance.

Consequently, the Governor through the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure has invited for Expression of Interest (E.O.I) from interested Civil, Water Engineering and Building Contractors with proven experience and competence in road, water and building constructions to bid for the construction of 14 new roads, 5 boreholes, 2 hospitals and 5 schools.

A notice from the works' ministry stated that the action was 'in line with the grassroots development policy of the Government of Enugu State to construct and rehabilitate some infrastructural projects in the state'.

Reacting, a cross section of Enugu state indigenes who spoke on the development, described the governor's grassroots development initiatives as a welcome development that came at a time most states are battling to pay workers' salaries because of the glut in the prices of crude oil in the global market.

They commended Governor Ugwuanyi for his vision, innovations and commitment to the wellbeing of the people of the state who voted him into office, praying that God will improve the economy of the state and the nation at large for the governor to accomplish his people-oriented programmes.

According to an indigene of Amechi-Idodo in Nkanu East Local Government Area, Hon. Ekene Nnamani 'the news of the commencement of the process for the award of more road projects in Enugu State in spite of the current economic challenges is quite awesome and commendable. It shows that Governor Ugwuanyi has our interest at heart. It also shows that he was prepared for the job and has a clear vision on how to move the state forward despite the economic hardship. I thank God for such a committed governor'.

Another indigene from Aninri Local Government Area, Engr. Uchenna Ekpete, said: 'I can only describe the governor's moves to award more road contracts as the height of sensitivity to the plight of the people who voted him into office. I commend him for his steadfastness to the accord he had with the people, which is to reward them with good governance irrespective of any circumstance. I wish him and his team well'

Some of the roads advertised include, Ugbawka - Nara-Nkerefi road (phase 1) and Amechi -Idodo- Amuzam - Amagunze road (phase 1) in Nkanu East Local Government Area; Uhuogiri- Nenwe/Oduma road (phase 1) and Amaeguelu - Amumkpa – Ogbombara/Etitiama-Onuihiala road (phase 1) in Aninri L.G.A;  Enugu AkwuAchi - Nkwolnyi market road (phase 1) in Oji River L.G.A; 9th mile -Ajali- Imeziowa Local Government Headquarters- Aguobu-Owa- Awka North, Anambra road (phase 1) in Ezeagu L.G.A, among others.