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Obi pledges face-lift for Onitsha roads

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA—GOVERNOR Peter Obi yesterday promised that massive rehabilitation of roads in the commercial town of Onitsha would begin in the next 10 days, saying that his administration was prepared to end the nightmare being faced by commuters and inhabitants of the town.

Obi who spoke to reporters after inspecting the failed Upper Iweka portion of the Bridge head – Awka federal highway, said that he had held useful discussions with the contractors handling the road, adding that a situation whereby lives were lost on the road which is the gateway to the South East and South South would no longer be tolerated by his administration.

“If we do not do something urgently on this road before the rains set in, our people will be in trouble. I will be inspecting the road on a regular basis until we are satisfied with the condition. It does not matter to us that this road belongs to the federal government because what is important to us is for work to begin in earnest,” Obi said.

During the inspection, Obi came face to face with an accident at the Upper Iweka road involving two trailers, a mini- bus and three motorcycles which claimed two lives, with some others admitted in hospital.


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