By Chuks Ekpeneru
The former member of the House of Representatives for Anambra East and West, Dr. Tony Nwoye, has commended the Federal Government for approving the construction of the erosion –prone 2.2 kilometres of road linking Ukpo.
Ukpo is the hometown of oil magnate, Prince Arthur Eze, with the headquarters of Zone 13 police formation in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Nwoye who attracted the project, said it was in appreciation of support he had received from Prince Arthur Eze in his political career.
Nwoye said: “This is a very big project that President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government wants to execute for the people of Anambra State, especially Ukpo community and other communities around it.
“As you can see, some of the people who are living here have abandoned their homes because of gully erosion. The road was designed some years ago by the Federal Ministry of Works, Abuja through the Anambra State office of the ministry, but actual construction could not take off.
“Part of the road was completed at a cost of about N100 million and certificate issued, but this is the main one. By the special grace of God, it will be awarded officially before Christmas at the sum of about N2.2 billion.
“I want Ukpo community to hold the contractor that will execute the project accountable to avoid unnecessary delay.
“I facilitated the design of this road and ensured that it was captured in the 2020 and 2021 budget of the federal government. I am doing this in honour of Prince Arthur Eze who has mentored me politically. I am also grateful to the Minister of Works, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, who has vowed that this road must be done.
“The Bureau of Public Procurement has already issued a certificate of no objection to the Federal Ministry of Works, which means that the ministry is set to present it to the federal executive council because of the amount involved.
“I want to assure the people that in less than three weeks from now, the contract will be awarded and hopefully, once the 2021 budget is passed, money will be made available so that funding will not be a hiccup for the contractor.”
“I have special interest in Ukpo because Prince Arthur Eze has done a lot for me, my followers and humanity. By next year, I will also do some roads across Anambra State. I am not holding any political office now but I will continue to contribute to the best of my ability towards the development of Anambra communities,” he said.