On Friday, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State visited the community of Obinofia in the Ezeagu local government area amid the joy for the inspection of the federal road project ravaged by the erosion (Ozoechine road) which was abandoned for lack of funding.
Governor Ugwuanyi, accompanied by a team of engineers from the Roads Department of the Federal Ministry of Public Works and Housing, headed by the Chief Engineer, Ing. ST Oluwadun, and State Project Manager of Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), Barr. Vincent Obetta, was informed by Engr. Oluwadun that the road had been under construction by the federal government since 2013, but was abandoned for lack of funding.
For his part, the NEWMAP State Project Manager, Barr. Obetta, revealed that Governor Ugwuanyi on March 16, 2019 instructed the agency to assess the road with engineering experts, adding that they realized, after digging the road, that it was ” a federal project coming under the exclusive federal government list.
He therefore suggested that the state government should interface with the federal government to declare the road an emergency erosion site.
Governor Ugwuanyi, who reiterated his administration’s commitment to rural development, youth empowerment and the well-being of the population, said the state government would intervene in the project through the possibility of meeting with the federal government on the issue of funding or of undertaking remedial work during the dry season, among others.
The governor, who asked people in the community to mention their most pressing need, approved the sum of five million naira to equip the community’s maternity hospital, after people brought it to his attention.
He told the people of Obinofia that his administration would not abandon them, reassuring them that there would be a remarkable difference.
Governor Ugwuanyi was received by the President of Ezeagu LGA, the Hon. Chukwudi Ani and the jubilant sons and daughters of Obinofia, including the clergy, the traditional leader, the General President of the City Union and the outgoing President of the Council, the Hon. Fred Chukwudi Ezinwa, who all expressed their deep gratitude to the Governor for coming to the rescue of people in the community.