A community leader and traditional chieftaincy holder in Awka kingdom, Ozor Obi Ochije, says the award of the project for the construction of the Amansea-Ifite Road-Aroma-Overpass-Ekwueme-
Government House Road, depicts Governor Chukwuma Soludo as a governor that is in tune with the challenges faced by the people.
On Wednesday, the Anambra State Executive Council, ANSEC, through the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Paul Nwosu announced the approval for the release of the sum of eight billion, six hundred and eighty-two million, five hundred and seventy-one thousand, seven hundred and forty-seven Naira (N8,682,571,747) for the construction of Amansea-Ifite Road-Aroma-Overpass-Ekwueme-
Government House Road.
According to the ANSEC, the contract was awarded to Geld Construction Limited, with a completion period of eighteen (18) months from the date of the payment of the mobilization fee.
Speaking on the award of the project, Ozor Ochije observed that the project holds great prospects not just for the beautification of the Awka Capital Territory, but for transportation and ease of doing business in the state capital.
“It is a well thought-out project because it will mark the end to the perennial traffic gridlock experienced at Aroma. If you are going to Ifite village or UNIZIK, you don’t have any business again getting to Aroma junction.
“The only thing to do is to go through the waterworks overpass to Ifite Community and you get to Ifite village.
“Also, every movement to the new state government house being built by the governor at the back of Ekwueme Square, will follow the route and no more through the Aroma.
“The implication of this laudable accomplishment will be reduced traffic at aroma junction and I believe for the governor to embark on this project, means that he understands the sufferings of the motoring public at the ever-busy aroma,” he said.
The Awka stakeholder also commended the overall transformation of the landscape of the capital territory, since the past one year six months that the governor has been in office.
He said the governor’s vision for the transformation of the state capital, if fully implemented, will make Awka, one of the best capital cities in Nigeria and West Africa.
Expressing the appreciation of the Awka community to the governor for all he is doing, the red cap Awka Chief emphasized that people of the community are strongly behind his government and would not be cog in the wheel of its progress.
Expressing his marvel at how the governor has been able to undertake numerous road projects despite the state’s lean finances, Ochije acknowledged that the governor’s prudent, transparency and accountability, has ensured that loop holes through which the state resources are pilfered, have been blocked.
He also noted that the governor does not believe in funfare and frivolities and this has made it possible for the state to save so much resources that were hitherto being wasted, for them to be deployed for the benefit of the greater Anambra populace.
“Recall that the Anambra House of Assembly had last year approved for Mr Governor to borrow a hundred billion naira. The only reason the governor did not borrow that money, as he has always said, is the servicing cost and because he believes there must be a justifiable project it must be put to, to be able to yield money for the repayment of the loan.
“Instead of borrowing money, Soludo had concentrated on reorganizing the state internal revenue system, to mobilize funds internally to develop the state. The taxes paid by the people are harnessed and being deployed to work for the people.
“Anambra people are now seeing a different system of governance from what used to be, because here is a governor that believes in the future of the state and does not spare any effort to work for the people,” he said.
Ochije said the debt Anambra residents owe the governor is to responsibly pay their taxes and levies, to afford him enough resources to work with.