By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”THE Enugu State Government has appealed to the Federal Government to refund the money it spent on the rehabilitation of dilapidated federal roads in the state.
The state Deputy Governor, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, who made the request while receiving in audience the Minister of Works, Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Mohammed Lawal at the Government House, Enugu said that work had been completed on some of the federal roads while work was-on on a number of others in the state, adding that some have been surveyed and designed waiting for their award.
He commended the Federal Government for awarding contract for the rehabilitation of some federal roads in the state and requested for increase on the pace of work on the ongoing road rehabilitation exercise.Â Onyebuchi also urged the Minister to cause the Federal Government to take up the rehabilitation of more roads in the state and South East zone in general.
The Deputy Governor, who represented Governor Sullivan Chime, noted with dismay that in the past years, most of the federal roads in the state and parts of the zone were allowed to degenerate and have now become death-traps due to prolonged neglect.
He expressed the hope that with the Ministerâ€™s visit, adequate attention would be given to the roads, describing road construction and maintenance as one of the major thrust of the present administration in the state, adding that it was in realization of this that the state government had continued to partner with the Federal Government in the rehabilitation of some federal roads in the state.
Also briefing the Minister, the state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Godwin Madueke, listed some of the roads rehabilitated by the state government to include the Udi-Ozalla, the 9th Mile Corner internal roads, the airport road as well as the dualization of Agbani road, which is still under construction.