Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Anambra state government says the executive ban on illegal construction of bumps on constructed roads in Anambra state still stands.
To this end, it has directed that any community that wishes to erect speed breakers must apply and obtain approval from the state Ministry of Works.
The Commissioner for Works, Mr Marcel Ifejiofor, stated this today shortly after inspecting the level of work done at the ongoing reconstruction of Isuaniocha- Mgbakwu road in Awka North Local Government Area.
The 6.3 kilometer road contract was awarded to Golden Fingers Construction Company about two years ago by the Willie Obiano led administration.
The commissioner said it was an exco decision to ban communities from installing indiscriminate speed breakers because it contributed to reducing the life span of roads built by government.
Mr Ifejiofor who expressed satisfaction with the level and quality of work done by the contractor, gave an assurance that the project would not be abandoned.
According to him, the Anambra State government considers the Isuaniocha- Mgbakwu road very strategic to the development of the state as it would open up the agrarian area to investors.
“The road is 6.3 kilometers, the governor does roads not just because he wants but he considers the strategic importance of the road before awarding it.”
The commissioner for works however warned that government would not hesitate to deal with anyone that would convert the drainage channels into a refuse dumping ground.
“The drains are very important to us, they should not use it as dustbin, I want to encourage the communities through their Traditional Rulers and Presidents General, to tell their youths once in a while to desilt their drainage channels, it will make the roads to last. Dont burn tyres on the surface of asphalted roads and don’t block the drains, once we do all these things, I think the road will last.”
The Contractor handling the project, Mr Luke Aniakor, gave an assurance that the road will be completed before the rains set in proper.
“We are doing everything possible to ensure that we get to the school gate before the rains start. The only challenge we have now is rain, but we hope to keep up the pace.”
Mr Aniakor therefore appealed to road users and the residents of the area to always be considerate and adhere to road diversions as it will no doubt aid the workers to go on a higher speed.
“The remaining portion is less than eight hundred meters, we plead with the youths and road users to stop removing the blockades whenever we put them, it slows down the pace of work, we dont block the road to punish the people, it’s for their own good and we plead for understanding.”
The contractor thanked the Willie Obiano-led government for mobilising them to site and providing the needed logistics.