Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo of Anambra State flagged off the immediate construction of the 14.48Km Unizik-Okpuno Awka-Isuaniocha road.
The Governor also promised to give Awka a facelift and make it a befitting state capital which Ndi Anambra would be proud of.
In his speech, Governor Soludo said that he came to fulfill the promise he made to the people during the Anambra Governorship campaign.
“After my inspection around Awka, I found out that all the roads are in a very bad state. I was grieved about the deplorable conditions of the roads and the excruciating pains being experienced by the people on a daily basis.
“Every community in Awka, I must admit have a road crisis. The 181 communities in the state are largely affected.
“We are targeting strategic roads that have an impact on traffic and economic activities in the state.
“When I first visited this road, I walked all the way down from Unizik Junction to Y-Junction to assess its situation.
“We need to re-develop Awka and build pedestrian walkways where people will be walking.
“There will be a distance from where people build houses to the gutters.
“We will expand the roads and make it a double lane road from Unizik temporary site junction to Y-Junction.
“Not forgetting Club road, INEC road, Millennium industry, NECO Office, Regina Caeli and its environs.
“Between yesterday and today, we flagged-off more than 60km of roads in the state.
“When you develop strategic roads, the value of assets will increase.
“We shall be building roads gradually because we can’t build all the roads at a time.
“As the people pay their taxes, we will continue to build more roads because your tax money is at work!
“We will complete over 250km of roads after our one year in office and show practical results of our achievements.
“We don’t flag roads off and go away. Any road we are flagging off, we have saved the money for it.
“I am not a conventional politician that flags off roads and doesn’t construct them.
“It’s not just the awarding of roads. Any road we start, we must complete it with a guarantee of 20 years.
“All the roads we are embarking on in the state are quality roads because the solution is here.
“APGA is here and the vision of the party is to transform the state rapidly in terms of infrastructural development.” Governor Soludo assured
While handing over the site certificate to the contractor to commence construction of the road, Governor Soludo hinted that the Contractor has a very high reputation.
“We have heard of NigerCat but if you do a standard road, we will employ you for subsequent roads because we need quality roads delivered to our people.
“We don’t want our people to go through this hardship ever again during the rainy season by next year,” Soludo concluded.