The member representing Umunneochi constituency at the Abia State House of Assembly, Hon Ikedi Ezekwesiri has flagged off a 15km road project that will run from Nneoato in his constituency down to Ihube, Okigwe in Imo State.
The state lawmaker fought for approval of the project, while the ministry of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) will foot the bill.
The road is expected to be completed in nine months.
Speaking at the flag-off at Nneato, Ezekwesiri said that the project is a milestone in the history of his people who have suffered in the area of road infrastructural decay for several years.
Ezekwesiri explained that he is at the house of assembly mainly to make laws that will benefit the people in particular and the state at large, explaining that his line of duty includes attracting projects that will uplift his people and their area.
He said that when such projects are attracted, “The lawmaker who attracted such projects also has the right to ensure that the projects are delivered and completed on time and avoid such projects being abandoned”.
The Abia lawmaker said that the road project has several bridges and culverts, stressing that when he assumed office as a house of assembly member that he met a tree trunk bridge and vowed to construct a concrete bridge that will stand the test of time.
Ezekwesiri noted that since he assumed office that he has never relented in his effort to ensure that he attracts the presence of the ministry of Niger Delta Development, “When I met with the minister, Uguru Usani Uguru, he did not waste time in approving the contract to be done for my people which we are flagging off today”.
He explained that the job of a lawmaker goes beyond law making, stressing that it includes other things, “As I have gone ahead to provide scholarship to over seven Nnneato students and other students at the federal government college at Okigwe”.
Ezekwesiri continued, “I have gone ahead to ensure that those whose businesses were down because of one problem or the other, have been given funds ranging from N300,000-N500,000 which has gone a long way to see their businesses grow”.
The lawmaker noted that the road project is very dear and important to the people of Nneato in particular and Umunneochi in general, “This made me to work hard to ensure that the road project comes to this place so that the suffering of the people will stop”.
He recalled that one of the sons of Nneato, Bar Fabian Okonkwo had asked me if there is a problem with his place (Nneato) which made it difficult for projects not to be sited there, “I took him to see the Niger Delta minister, he was there when the project was awarded”.
Ezekwesiri said that the road which is 15km road and will cost the sum of N372M, stressing that the project will be completely tarred, “Let me tell you that the project is being executed by a son of the soil, so if he fails the people will know where to get him to ask him questions”.
Earlier the traditional ruler of Umuobi community at Nneato, Eze Ukaobasi Ezema described the road project as one of the good things to happen to his people, stressing that the people are happy for the road which is being done in their life time.
Eze Ezuma who prayed that the road project will be completed on time for the good of the people, stressing that the road when completed will go a long way to ensure that his people will no longer suffer in the area of evacuating their farm produce.
In his reaction, the contractor handling the project, Chidiebere Udeh said that the road will take about nine months to complete, adding that he has not been mobilized financially, “But as an indigenous contactor who is from here I decided to mobilise to site.”
Udeh said that he is sure to get about 75% of the funds, stressing that once he gets that in the next three months that greater percentage of the work would have been done, adding that the youths have been very cooperative since he moved to site.