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Atani-Ekwusigo road completion cardinal to Anambra Govt’s agric revolution programme — Commissioner

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ONITSHA – The Anambra State Government on Monday assured the people of quick completion of the ongoing Atani-Ekwusigo road project.

The Commissioner of Works, Mr Callistus Ilozumba, told newsmen in Atani near Onitsha, that the road was cardinal to its Agricultural Transformation Scheme meant to generate employment and boost food production.

Ilozumba said that the 12-km road would link many farming communities that would participate in the agriculture programme.

Speaking after after inspecting the ongoing project, the commissioner said that three bridges meant for the road had been completed while the work was going on at a good pace.

“Atani-Ekwusigo road is a focal road for us, especially as it would support the Agricultural Transformation Scheme since in this axis of the state, we have very fertile arable land.

“It would assist our farmers to get their produce to major markets in Onitsha in order to get good bargain for them as well as help those that would like to buy direct from the farms. [eap_ad_1] “It would be a useless venture, if after producing these tonnes of food items there is no good means of transporting them out of here and getting them to the market.

“Government would ensure speedy completion of the road which will provide a quicker passage in and out of Onitsha,’’  he said.

The commissioner stressed that the road would act as a good alternative by-pass to ease traffic jam at the Upper Iweka axis of the Onitsha-Enugu road.

“The road, when completed, would also bring considerable relief to commuters using the Onitsha-Owerri road, as they would easily connect the Niger Bridge to Delta State through the road, instead of contending with the usual traffic jam at Upper Iweka through the Onitsha-Enugu road,’’ he said.

Ilozumba thanked the people of Ogbaru council for the support they had given to the state government as well as contractor handling the project.

Anambra State Government has started mobilising massive land, seedlings and inputs for its agriculture programme.

While in the programme, Anambra North Senatorial zone, which includes Ogbaru area, would be focusing on mass production of rice due to its arable swampy land and accessibility to water from the River Niger. (NAN)

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