Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has assured that his administration shall rebuild the Umuaro – Ekwereazu – Nto Edino Road in Obingwa LGA constructed by his administration which has provided a strategic linkage between Abia and Akwa Ibom states.
The Governor made this known yesterday while commissioning the Umuaro-Umuopara-Amano Road in Obingwa LGA.
Governor Ikpeazu noted that the reason for the failure of the road has been identified. According to the Governor , the road was originally designed to be a Trunk C road designed to serve the rural communities in that area and for light vehicles that ply between Abia and Akwa Ibom states thereby creating a viable alternative route to the collapsed and abandoned Aba Ikot Ekpene federal highway.
However, the road unfortunately became the only route for heavy duty and dead weight vehicles, particularly those conveying several hundreds of tons of cement from Akwa Ibom State through Aba to other parts of the country, adding that the road caved in to the massive pressure of these dead weight vehicles that ply the road daily in their hundreds.
The Governor described the road as key to the economic development of the State especially the Aba area, noting that till date and even with some portions of it in a bad shape, it remains the only link through which vehicles can get to Ikot Ekpene from Aba in 45 minutes.
Governor Ikpeazu stated that soil tests have been conducted on the road and that a proper design for the project has been concluded, and that a contractor will return to the site assuring that the road will be rebuilt to a standard that will comfortably fit the nature of the traffic on the road.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu noted that the road has served our people and our economy creditably in the last couple of years and will not be abandoned under any circumstances whatsoever.
(C) Sir Onyebuchi Ememanka (CPS)