Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi has expressed dissatisfaction over the pace of work on the ongoing construction of 15.5 km Nkalagu/Umuhali/NigerCem Federal road awarded last year to an expatriate company, China Zhunghaoi.
He made his feelings known while inspecting the level of work done at the weekend where he expressed dismay that nothing had been done on the road after three months it was awarded.
Governor Umahi, who said he was doubtful if the contractor would be capable of doing the job, restated that the matter would be discussed in the State Executive Council meeting to determine the next step to take.
“I think we have been on this road for about three months. I must say that I am totally disappointed with the contractor and I doubt his capability to do this job. This matter will be taken back to the ExCo and within one or two weeks, we will take a decision”.
Umahi who was worried that the contractor had almost exhausted the dry season doing nothing noted that the road was too important to his government and the generality of Ebonyians and could not allow any contractor to play with it.
“This road is very important to our government and Ebonyi people and so I never envisaged that the rate of construction will be like this. We have about four months of dry weather and we have only two more months of dry weather left.
“I was thinking that this company will do a good like what they are doing in the flyover project but that is not the situation. And let it be registered that I said I am totally and comprehensively disappointed with the Contractor”, he concluded.
The governor also inspected Izzamgbo/Effium road in Ohaukwu LGA recently advertised under the 15km rural road construction where he underscored the importance of the road and the determination of his administration to fix it.
While he assured that work would start on the road latest by the end of the first week of February, the governor directed the Commissioner for Works to as soon as possible commence intervention work on the road for the meantime.
The state will shift from the federal government 8 inches stone base standard to 12 inches stone base thickness and 2 plies of asphalt due to the nature of the soil so that any road constructed will last up to 50 years, the governor said.
Umahi also paid unscheduled visit to Ebonyi state school of Health Technology, Izzamgbo where he expressed dissatisfaction over the poor state of the environment and directed the Principal to meet with the state Commissioner for Health and brief him on the challenges facing the school.

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