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OBI FLAGS OFF N2BN RURAL ROAD PROJECT IN NNEWI

By NBF News

Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, yesterday, flagged off a N2 billion road project, which will connect Azigbo, Amichi, Osumenyi and Akwa-Ihedi communities in Nnewi South Local Council of the state.

The governor equally extended the contract to Unubi, the council headquarters, to bring the total kilometers of the road to 25.

Flagging off the projects, Obi noted that his administration had continued to blaze the trail in the development of rural communities unlike the practice in other states where only the capital cities were developed.

According to him, 'it was better to give you such road projects than to share money and food items to you. My visit is the first here by any governor in the state but I want to let you know that I have spent over N8 billion on roads in Nnewi South and an additional N400 million on erosion control in Osumenyi and Utuh towns. My development style has made Anambra the state with the best road network in the country.'

Obi made it clear that he did not owe the contractor handling the roads any money and therefore expected no excuses from him.

In his address, the transition Chairman of Nnewi South, Kingsley Umenwa, extolled the governor for all he had done for the local government but begged him to add a spur to Unubi in the current road project in the area.

In a related development, the governor also flagged off the Agbo Road erosion site in Alor, Idemili South Local Government at the weekend, which had been declared one of the active erosion sites in the state.

Speaking at the occasion, the state Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Mike Egbebuike, noted that the people of the area had been ravaged by erosion and that mindful of their plight, the governor made representations to the Federal Government who intervened.

The commissioner said the Obi administration had spent millions on road construction and erosion control in Alor and commended Obi for selflessly choosing erosion sites in other communities over his in Agulu for priority attention.

Responding, Obi said the federal government was spending N12 billion on erosion control in the south east and that the one in Alor was among the most critical and reiterated his government's commitment to intervening in such critical areas.