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Nkalagu/Ehamufu Road: Umahi Disappointed With Chinese Contractor

Posted: Jan 25, 2016 at 9:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has expressed dissatisfaction over the pace of work on the  15.5 km Nkalagu/Ehamufu/NigerCem Road awarded  late  last year to an expatriate  company, China Zhunghaoi.

Umahi, who made the unscheduled inspection while on his way from the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu,    expressed dismay that nothing had been done on the road months after it was awarded.

He said that with what he saw, he doubted if the contractor would be capable of doing the job.

The governor said, “I think we have been on this road for about three months. I must say that I am totally and comprehensively disappointed with the contractor.

“I doubt the capability of the contractor to do this job. This matter will be taken back to state Executive Council  and within one or two weeks, the council will take a decision.”

Umahi, who was worried that the contractor had almost exhausted the dry season doing nothing, stated  that his government would not allow any contractor to play with the road because of its   importance to    Ebonyians .

His words, “This road is very important to our government and Ebonyi people and so I never envisaged that the rate of construction will be like this. We have about four months of dry weather and we have only two more months of dry weather left.

“I was thinking that this company will do a good work  like   they are doing with  the flyover projects but that is not the situation. And let it be registered that I said I am totally and comprehensively disappointed on the contractor.’’

The governor also inspected  Ezzamgbo/Effium Road in Ohaukwu LGA recently advertised under the 15km rural road construction.

While he assured that work would start on the road on contract basis  latest by the end of the first week of February 2016,  the governor directed the Commissioner for Works, Fidelis Nweze, to as soon as possible, commence intervention work on the road .

Umahi also paid unscheduled visit to Ebonyi State School of Health Technology, Ezzamgbo where he expressed dissatisfaction over the poor state of the environment and directed the Principal to meet with the Commissioner for Health, Daniel Umezurike, on the challenges facing the institution.

On his arrival in Abakaliki, Umahi inspected the level of damage caused by the fire that gutted a section of the Abakpa Main Market on Wednesday night.

Regretting the level of destruction, he sympathised with the victims but expressed reservation on the poor state of the environment.