The residents of Umugwu Street, Awkunanaw, Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State, will now heave a sigh of relief following the commencement of reconstruction work on their street that had been a nightmare to motorists and pedestrians alike.
Prior to the reconstruction work, residents of the area were cut off from other people in the metropolis as erosion made it almost impossible for commuters and other road users to ply the street because during the rainy season, the street is always over flooded due to lack of drainage system.
Apparently disturbed by the decaying infrastructure in the area, a community leader, High Chief Emma Ugwu, aka, Enyiduru sought the approval of the Chairman of his local government, Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State, to rehabilitate the road which had caused untold hardship to his people for a considerable time.
Happy at the gesture, some of the residents interviewed expressed joy on the development, pouring encomiums on the community leader for giving a facelift to the area.
“We are very excited and grateful to our community leader, Chief Emma Ugwu, for single-handedly embarking on this road project. He has brought succor to us. Our street will be open for businesses once again”, Ikenna Nnaji said in an interview.
“I don’t know how to express my joy that I’ll have to drive my vehicle into my compound again when the job will be completed. God will continue to bless Chief Emma Ugwu, Enyiduru. He will never know lack,” 52-year old Nwobodo Agbo said.
Asked why he embarked on the project, Chief Ugwu, one time governirship candidate of Congress for Progressive Change, CPC in Enugu State, explained that he embarked on the road project to bring life to his people, stressing that he was giving back to the society what the society gave him.
Ugwu, who is currently the chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Enugu South; and chairman of chairmen, Enugu East Senatorial Zone of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said, “Each day I woke up, I feel sad seeing people trekking several meters to board vehicles because of bad road. It was a nightmare for me. This service I am rendering was born out of the love I have for humanity. ”
He said that, “the construction agreement indicates that the road project will cost over N35m. I applied for approval from my local government chairman before I embarked on the project. I want to put smile on the faces of my people.”
Commenting on the road project, the Contractor handling the work, Engr. Musa Edward Ishaya of the Styl Nouvu Nigeria Ltd based in Abuja, said the road would be delivered in three weeks time with asphalt and drainages.
Ishaya said the construction work is going on according to specification, adding that the asphalt, earthwork and drainage had reached an advanced stage and enjoined residents of the area to avoid destroying the road so that it would last for them.
He also said that they would not compromise quality and they will ensure that the road is built according to standards and the dictates of the contract.
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