The Anambra State Government would construct the 1.5 kilometer road leading from Agbaniito junction along the Amansea -Ebenebe -Ugbenu-Awba Ofemmili Road to Ugbene community.
The state Governor, Willie Obiano announced this when he inspected the ongoing construction of Amansea-Ebenebe-Ugbenu-Awba Ofemmili Road, all within the Awka North council area, yesterday.
It was observed during the inspection that about 12.5kilometers of the road starting from Amansea community has been asphalted while the remaining length has been cleared and expanded up to Awba Ofemmili.
Speaking after the inspection, Gov Obiano recalled that the road was awarded by his predecessor who also did 8.5 kilometers stretch, while his administration inherited it as part of its continuity policy and has so far asphalted 4kilometers and cleared the road to the end at Awba Ofemilli.
He said the road remains strategic to the state as it leads to major food basket communities of Awka North, adding that its construction is in line with his government's policy to construct productive roads in view of its dwindling fortunes.
The governor noted that farmers in the Communities who are mainly yam farmers, were key players in the one million yam export arrangement of his administration and revealed that they were recently trained in Lagos on the operational requirements for the export business.
He expressed hope that when completed, the road would ensure easy evacuation of agricultural produce from the area, drastically reduce food wastage and boost the economy of the relevant Communities by putting money in the hands of the farmers.
The traditional ruler of Awba Ofemmili, Igwe Ezekwesili Maduagwuna thanked the governor for his support to the Community especially the road, the N20 million choose-your-project initiative where they are doing electricity projects as well as his agricultural development initiative through which farmers in the community have benefitted immensely.
Governor Obiano also made stops at various places along the road including Amansea, Ebenebe and Ugbene where he was received by the people with immense joy.
Speaking at Agbaniito junction, the President General of Ugbene, Mr Albert Ibe commended Gov Obiano for remaining true to his promise to continue the projects left by his predecessor and appealed for the speedy completion of the road to save their people from the hardship they encounter travelling home.
By Kingsley Ezekwelu
Photo Credit: Odiegwu Alexander Chinedu (Awka North Square Coordinator, Team Obiano)