Enugu – Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has said that the state government have not assessed the bailout funds from the Federal Government.
Ugwuanyi, spoke on Tuesday at the flag-off of four major roads in Enugu, said insinuations from some quarters that the state government received the money was false.
“We have not received money in the name of bailout or anything from the Federal Government.
“We must thank the members of the House of Assembly for their cooperation in approving funds for this project,” he said.
He said that the project was borne out of the desire to fulfill his campaign and inaugural speech promises.
“During our campaign and inauguration, we did promise to commit the state resources to better the lots of our people.
“We pledged to aggressively address all issues militating against the development of the state, take necessary steps to ease the difficulties and hardship encountered by our people,” he said.
The governor said that the Abakpa Nike and Nike Lake roads were strategic to the economy of the state, but expressed regrets that they were in such deplorable state.
“We listed the roads among the first eight major roads to be reconstructed by the state government and proceeded to award contracts to that effect.
“It will offer our people relief from excruciating traffic congestion and other setbacks occasioned by their deplorable state.
“They will also assist us in our urban-rural agricultural industrial development as well as enhance business activities here and beyond.’’
Ugwuanyi said that the government was committed to a timely completion of the roads in spite of the prevailing economic situation in the state.
Also, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr Edward Ubosi, said that he was delighted that the governor had given priority to the Abapka- Nike and Nike Lake roads.
Ubosi said that the roads when completed would be a big relief to commuters whose usage of the roads had been miserable.
“You don’t know what you have done for the people by constructing this road. It takes between 30 minutes and one hour for one to get off this road due to traffic gridlock,” Ubosi said.
He said the immediate past governor of the state did so well in building road infrastructure in the state, adding that Ugwuanyi had taken a bold step to surpass the record.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Works, Mr Patrick Ikpenwa, said that the caliber of contractors lined up for the project was a clear testimony that the governor meant well for the people.
Ikpenwa appealed to residents of the area to identify with and guard the projects for durability as government would not tolerate cutting of the roads after completion without authorisation.
“All those things that will amount to abuse of the road like burning of tyres, dumping of refuse, and illegal setting up of speed breakers should be completely resisted by you,” Ikpenwa said.
The other roads flagged-off by the governor, included the Amankwo-Amaeke -Ama Brewery Junction Bye-pass Road and the 9th Corner Bye-pass Road. (NAN)