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Agba-Ezzagu road to be completed soon……. Ebonyi govt assures

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By Ukah Davis, Abakaliki.

Ebonyi state government has assured the people of Ezzagu in Ishielu local government area that the road leading to the community  which has been a nightmare  to the people would be completed very soon.

The state Commissioner for Works and Transport, Chief Ogbonnaya Obasi and Special Assistant to Governor David Umahi on Media, Francis Nwaze stated this while reacting to the complaints of the community over lack of  access road and functional hospital urged the people to be patient with the government, adding that the road connecting the community was  initially awarded  to a contractor and was terminated following slow pace of work.

Obasi  explained that the road  was awarded to another contractor on February this year and that the contractor has done 10km of its first phase remaining 5km of the phase to be completed.

He said “remember when Ebonyi state was newly created and I had an assignment to do at Ezzagu, I had to access Ezzagu through Enugu state and that is the truth. People from that community will bear me witness that before Ebonyi state was created, you could only access Ezzagu through Enugu state. Thank God Ebonyi state was created and we now have these roads leading to Ebonyi state.

“It is on record that the Ntezi/Agba/Isu 35km road was constructed during the regime of Dr. Sam Egwu and that road was done on asphalt and completed up to Isu.

“It is also on road that the  Agba/Eguhuo/Ezzagu road was also awarded on contract by the immediate past government of Chief Martin Elechi including one of the unity bridges.

“The road was completed but the belly bridge was still there; the belly bridge wasn’t completed. When His Excellency the Governor, Engr. Dave Umahi came on board, that bridge was completed.

“For the fact that Ntezi to Isu axis of the road has gone bad, His Excellency the Governor also took it upon himself to award the contract. For now, about 10km of that road has been completed on rigid pavement and work is still ongoing.

Also speaking  Special Assistant to Governor Umahi on Media, Francis Nwaze disclosed that a general hospital located in the area was currently undergoing reconstruction by the state government and that in the next seven days, it would be ready for use.

Nwaze said “If somebody is pregnant, I think there is what is called Expected Delivery Date(EDD) and before then, you are supposed to be in the hospital which is what those who are complaining that they die or their babies die on way to hospital in Abakaliki during labour should have done.

“The Agba General hospital located on the Ezzagu road is one of the General hospitals in the state that His Excellency the Governor approved for reconstruction and team led by Mrs. Ann Aligwe has started work there. In less than seven days time, the work will be completed. ENDS

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