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Soludo inspects roads in Okpoko, Igboukwu



…flags-off Achina-Onneh-Agbudu-Ogboji Road

GOVERNOR of Anambra State, Chukwuma Charles Soludo has inspected the level of work at the on-going nine roads in Okpoko, Ogbaru Local Government Area.

  The governor expressed his love for Okpoko, which is why he is determined to revamp the neighborhood and raise the profile of the area from slum to a sought-after destination.

  According to the governor, APGA is the party of the common man and the state has experienced tremendous growth since it took over the reins of power in Anambra, 17 years ago.

  “We have been flagging-off roads throughout the local government areas, and we are still flagging off more.

  “When we finish road construction in Okpoko, we will also install solar streetlights. Okpoko must glow and shine.”

  He explained that in order to engage the youth, his government decided to build Youth Recreation and Leisure Centre and General Hospital in Okpoko, as well as opportunities to realise their God-given.

  The nine roads measuring 14.053 kilometres; dual carriage of 2.884 kilometres and single carriage of 8.28 kilometers include Obodoukwu-Owerri Road, Ogbuagu-Mgbuka Road, Edeh-School Rd-Awalite-Ojoto-Owerri Road and School Rd-Umuobom-Ojoto.

  Others are Umuobom-AdaziAni Street-Owerri Road, Umunweke Street-Umeojiako Street Road, Awalite Street-Anumudu Mgbuka Amazu Road, Uzi Street-Mission Street Road and Anumudu Street-GMO Road.

  The governor also inspected the 10.953-kilometer Igboukwu-Ikenga-Ekwulobia Road, which has a spur to Nanka and Isuofia, where the governor stressed that Ikéngà is the only community in Aguata without a tarred road, expressing delight that people can now easily travel from Igboukwu through Ikenga and on to Ekwulobia; a road that will help the community’s economy.

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  He urged the people to cast significant number of votes for APGA candidates in the upcoming general election, as way of sustaining development in the state. He also called on people to show up to be counted at the forthcoming national census exercise, which would take place after the elections.

  The governor and his entourage were earlier welcomed by the Transition Committee Chairman for Ogbaru, Paschal Aniegbuna and his Aguata counterpart, Dr Chibueze Ofobuike. They both thanked the governor for the road projects and applauded him for the contractors engaged for the job.

  APGA candidates in the locations visited thronged the venues with their supporters to welcome the Governor.

  In attendance also were the Commissioner for Information, Sir Paul Nwosu, Commissioner for Justice, Chika Ifemeje, Chief of Protocol to the Governor, Chinedu Nwoye, Special Adviser on Political Matters, Alex Obiogbolu, Managing Director of Anambra Housing Development Corperation,  Chike Anyaonu, traditional rulers, among others.

ANAMBRA State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Charles Soludo has tasked the contractor handling the 7.8 kilometres Achina-Onneh-Agbudu-Ogboji road on speedy completion of the project.

  The governor, who stated this during the official flag-off of the road construction, emphasised that the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA is the identity of ndi Igbo.

He maintained that the project execution is in keeping with his campaign promise to people of the area.

  “The Chairman of APGA in Aguata was the first person to lament about the condition of this road in 2017. It was then that I made the decision to physically inspect the road to ascertain its actual condition and discovered that it was dilapidated”.

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  He explained that he awarded the contract and pledged to fix the road, noting that contractors are usually mobilized with 30% to 50% down payment for the roads.

  The governor revealed that the road has a guaranteed lifespan of at least twenty years.

  “I told the contractor to do a good job. If they do so, they will be given additional jobs to do”.

  He stressed that his administration is working on a law that will specify that any funding provided to communities by the state government will be based on their population.

  “The forthcoming census must be taken seriously. Everyone should show up in large numbers and be counted”, the governor also advised.

  Earlier, the Transition Committee Chairman for Aguata, Dr. Prince Chibueze Oforbuike, appreciated the governor for honouring his promise.

  APGA candidates in the area took turns to solicit for votes from the people.

  The road which is being handled by IDC Construction Company is expected to be completed in 12 months’ time. The project is strategic for many reasons as it will solve the devastating flood challenge experienced in the area, aid evacuation of food produce to and fro the inter-connected agrarian communities, among others.

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