Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has flagged off the reconstruction of the 37 kilometre Owerri-Orlu dual carriage way and 55 kilometre Owerri-Okigwe single carriage way.
The reconstruction works the government said on Monday was reflective of the administration’s vow to deliver high level infrastructure to the citizenry.
The reconstruction work by Craneburg Construction Engineering, will go on simultaneously along the two corridors.
Addressing excited crowds at the flag-off posts at Banana junction for Orlu and Okatankwu in Ikeduru for Okigwe road, the Governor described the day as a special one as the signature projects by his shared Prosperity Government will shore up the economy of the State.
He said when the roads are made motorable and people travel on them without stress, they will definitely impact on the overall economy of Imo State.
The Governor observed that when he assumed office in January 2020 almost all the roads in Imo State were totally broken down.
“There were no roads to travel on, economic activities were shut down, the system was disorganized and disoriented, worse still attempt by previous Governments to repair them made the situation worse, hence it became necessary that this administration must recover, reconstruct and rehabilitate Imo State in other to reduce the infrastructural deficit.”
The Governor added that the two roads – Owerri to Orlu and Owerri to Okigwe – have been awarded at the cost of N55 billion and by the provisions of the Procurement Act, the Government has paid 15% of this amount as mobilization to the Company.
He warned that the road constructions should not be politicised along party lines as “they are for Imo people and must be done to the benefit of all and sundry.”
He requested for the cooperation of Imolites, especially those living along the roads under reconstruction so that the project will be achieved with a record time of 18 months without unnecessary encumbrances as a result of human interferences.
He assured that Government will fund the project 100% without borrowing from any other source.