Onitsha/Enugu Highway: They have abandoned the project, Anambra lawmakers cry out 

* 'Abandoned' project a discomfort to road users-AHA


One of the flagship projects of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration in the South East, the Enugu-Onitsha Highway reconstruction, has been abandoned, the Anambra State House of Assembly has alleged

In an SOS message to President Muhammadu Buhari, the lawmakers, in a resolution passed yesterday, called on the President to reach out to the Ministry of Works with a view to getting the contractors handling the project to return to site and continue with the work, lamenting that the contractors had “inexplicably” abandoned the reconstruction being done by the Federal Government on the “very important road”.

Passing the resolution, the House described the “abandoned project” as a discomfort to road users.

“We urge the Federal Government to direct the construction firm handling the contract to go back to site to alleviate the sufferings of the road users.”

“The expressway is an important trunk A highway, known for its heavy vehicular traffic. It was abandoned and became dilapidated for several years and left the users of the deplorable road in grief.

“Contract to reconstruct Anambra State section of the Enugu -Onitsha Expressway was awarded to RCC in November 2018 with a completion period of 42 months,” the House explained in resolution, with lawmakers further lamenting that despite the lifting of the inter-state Covid-19 lock-down several weeks ago, the contractor was yet to return to site.

The resolution came barely 48 hours after some traditional rulers from the State, who visited the Presidential Villa in Abuja, had hailed President Buhari for his infrastructural projects in the South-East region in general and Anambra State in particular.

The royal fathers had listed Buhari’s landmark projects in the zone to include the Second Niger Bridge, the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway and Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, etc.
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