Amutenyi Obollo-Afor community in Udenu local government area of Enugu state has asked the state government to stop a road construction work ongoing along Obollo-Afor- Amalla-Otukpo Benue state old federal road.
The Community in a petition to the state commissioner for works, Engr. Greg Nnaji, alleged that the contractor for the road project has compromised the size of the road. President General of the Community, Chief Emeka Abba said the drainage system was being constructed close to the centre of the old road, reducing width of the road from 13 to eight meters.
The Community in a petition to the state commissioner for works, Engr. Greg Nnaji, alleged that the contractor Maccico Construction Crop Ltd compromised the size of the road and argued why the drainage system was being constructed close to the centre of the old road, reducing the width from 13 to 18 meters.
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He said, the community members are afraid that the road will cause more accidents and loss of lives if allowed toremain 8-meters width. According to Abba,” the community conducted a search to ascertain the genuineness of the contractor and it was discovered that he was compromised by some businessmen whose Petrol station and business premises are located on the road under construction”.
“In furtherance to our investigation, we involved road maintenance engineer who measured the said road and that of Orba road (i.e between the Obollo-Afor roundabout and Orba Junction cutting across Ohulor Obollo-Afor/Igugu/Imilike and discovered that AmutenyiObollo-Afor/Amalla road reconstruction is measuring 25ft drainage-to-drainage while that of Ohulor/Igugu Imilike road ending at Orba junction measured 35ft drainage-to-drainage,” Abba stated.
The Community appreciated Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for delivering on his campaign promises, but noted that they cannot allow the contractor to rubbish government’s good intention for the people.
“Consequently, we urge you to conduct a holistic site inspection on the said road project and instruct the contractor to stop work pending the outcome of your inspection”.
“It is our resolve that any structure that threatens and frustrates the reconstruction and delivery of quality road at Amutenyi Obollo-Afor Amalla road be demolished for overriding public interest.”