…says all federal roads in Anambra have failed
Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The commissioner for works in Anambra state, Engr. Marcel Ifejiofor, has said that the conditions of roads in the state are not the worst in the country.
Ifejiofor argued that contrary to social media reports that roads in Anambra state were being ravaged by flood and erosion menace, roads in the state were better off when compared to roads in Lagos, Abia, Edo and some other states across the federation.
The commissioner stated this at the weekend during the breakdown of the 2020 budget at the conference hall of the government house Awka.
He said roads built by the Obiano administration were still very strong and intact devoid of potholes but roads built by other administrations were currently undergoing wear and tear.
According to him, “The roads are bad but we have plans for them. Most of the impassable roads in Anambra state are federal roads. One good thing is that we don’t play politics with what we are doing. What we are doing on our roads is verifiable.
“The governor is having sleepless nights to make sure we move on our roads. I want to assure you that between now and Christmas, something wonderful will happen on our roads.”
Ifejiofor emphasized that because all federal roads in Anambra state have failed woefully, heavyweight vehicles now ply local state roads not designed to bear the burden of articulated vehicles.
The commissioner maintained that if opposition elements were not playing politics with unfounded social media reports on the conditions of roads in Anambra state, they should go and check roads built by Governor Willie Obiano, noting that the roads were still healthy and motorable.
He said it was roads constructed by previous governments that were in bad shape because he said they lacked what he mentioned as maintenance culture. He added that it was the present state government that introduced the concept of maintenance culture on roads through the Anambra State Road Maintenance Agency.
The ministry of works, which has about N21 billion provisions in the 2020 budget, will beam its searchlight on the airport project of the state government, construct as well as revamp stadia across the state, build more roads and pursue Anambra oil-producing status with the federal government.