BY KENECHUKWU OFOMAH
The State Government is to construct a super Interchange by Revenue House/Eze-uzu Junction, Agu-Awka.
Governor Willie Obiano revealed this when he received the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.
Mr. Fashola was in the State on a one-day working visit to inspect ongoing Federal Government Projects across the state.
Speaking after a close-door meeting with the Minister, Governor Obiano explained that the Interchange was designed to ease traffic and reduce accidents that occur frequently around the area.
He further revealed that during the meeting, he asked specific questions on the progress of work on the second Niger Bridge and the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway especially the very bad Umunya to Amawbia axis as well as on the refund of the over fifty billion naira owed the State on Federal Road works.
The Governor expressed happiness that the Minister gave the assurance that, things will be done differently this time, adding that Ndi Anambra are desirous of visible Federal presence in the State.
Responding, Mr. Fashola congratulated Governor Obiano for a well-deserved reelection which he acknowledged was as a result of his good stewardship.
He noted that the visit was a follow up on an appeal made by Governor Obiano during his visit last year for immediate intervention on Federal Government projects in the State, adding that as a result, the Federal Government has awarded the reconstruction of Umunya to Amawbia axis of the Enugu-Onitsha expressway.
According to him, the contractor had been fully mobilized to site and visible work will soon commence.
He noted that the Federal Ministry of Works will subject the proposed Interchange to analysis, assuring that as long as it commits to saving lives and the Federal Highway Laws, the Federal Government will collaborate with the State to bring it to fruition.
On the second Niger Bridge, Mr. Fashola promised that the present Federal Government is committed to delivering the project but solicited the assistance of Anambra and Delta State Governments in dealing with the issue of heavy claims by communities whose lands were used for the project which according to him, is presently at about five billion naira.