The Ebonyi Government on Friday
appealed to the Federal Government to refund N35 billion it injected in
the rehabilitation of federal roads in the state. Gov.
Dave Umahi made the appeal during a courtesy call by the Minister of
Works, Housing and Power, Mr Babatunde Fashiola who was on a two-day
working visit to the state.

Umahi, who lamented
the lean resources of the state, said that the Federal Government had
only refunded two billion Naira out of N35billion it injected in the
projects.

He appealed to the minister to assist in
fast-tracking the reimbursement process, which he said, received
Presidential approval before the intervention.

“You
have been a governor, and you know that Ebonyi has always carried last
in Federal Allocation and we are appealing to you to help us recover the
money, ”
Umahi appealed.

He said that the
state had intervened in a number of federal roads in the areas of
maintenance, rehabilitation and construction of new ones.

The
governor listed some of the roads intervened to include; Okigwe-Afikpo,
Ukawu-Abomege, Uburu – Mpu – Ishiagu,  Ohaofia-Oso Edda, among other
roads.

He said that the state also constructed one
kilometre three over head bridges on the trans African Highway to
decongest the traffic.

He further appealed to the
minister to ensure that two bridges that would link the state and Cross
River at Oferekpe river and Ndibe beach axis of the state were
constructed.

He said that the bridges when
constructed would ease movement of persons and goods and enhance
socioeconomic activities in the state.

Umahi also
commended the minister for releasing One billion Naira that enabled the
Setraco handling the road construction of Ishiagu-mile 2, 11.5km road to
return to site.

“Just a mere phone call about
June 2016, you intervened in the Ishiagu-mile 2 road by releasing the
sum of N1billion to the contractor, this to us is show of solidarity and
friendship,
” Umahi said.

He decried the
quality job done in the Abakaliki – Afikpo road constructed by Uniglobe
and CCC, saying that the state was not happy with the quality of job
done by the contractors.

“We are not good at
petitioning but I want to observe that as a government that we cannot
accept nothing but the best for the our state.

“We
disapprove of the quality of job been done on this very busy and
important road in the state and request that you call the contractors to
order,
” he said.

Fashola commended the governor for the giant strides recorded by the government in infrastructure development.

He
said that the Federal Government would always partner with state
governments in the provision of democracy dividends to the people.

The minister said that he was in the South-East for an on the spot assessment of federal roads projects,

He
said that his ministry would ensure that contractors handling road
projects in the zone complied to specifications and complete the
projects as scheduled in the contract terms.

He
commended the state government for the partnership and cordial
relationship between the state and federal ministry of Works, Housing
and Power.

“I have been visiting since 9 a.m
that we arrived Ebonyi all the project sites and I want to say that I am
pleased with the quality of job being done.

“We have noted areas of concern and wish to assure you that we are going to look into the issue.

“We cannot tolerate contracts that are done outside of our specifications or substandardly executed, ” Fashola said.

The
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Minister was accompanied
to the visit by officials of the ministry and the Federal Controllers of
Works and Housing in charge of Ebonyi.

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