Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State said he had completed 43kms of the ring road project embarked upon by his administration.
The governor stated this during the signing of contract agreements with two Contractors for the award of the last phase of the ring road project said the struggle for the realization of the project started in 2015 when he assumed office.
He said the project was being funded with the loan from the African Development Bank and cuts across 8 local government areas of the State.
According to him, for the avoidance of doubt, this loan started with my predecessor, he had a lot of hitches; but when we came on board, we had to appeal to Mr President who isolated Ebonyi State and sent our request to the Senate for approval.
“I think the circle is completed, and we have to be grateful to God. The projects is now a reality, 199kms of the ring road. We have done about 43kms, leaving about 156kms for the contractors under the funding of the African Development Bank.
“For the avoidance of doubt, this loan something started with my predecessor, but he had a lot of hitches. But when we came on board, we had to appeal to Mr President who isolated Ebonyi State and sent our request to the Senate for approval. And we have been on it since 2015, even somebody took us to court along the line but court ruled in our favour.
“Today, we are very exited and it’s been a tug of war with these two last Contractors in terms of the pricing and timing because insisted the projects must be completed within my tenure so that if the amount approved by the Federal Government is to be exceeded so I can shut down some things to make sure that the ring road is a reality,” Umahi said.
The Governor further urged community leaders to provide local Ebube Agu security personnel to give security to the Contractors and their equipment.
Earlier, the State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr Obasi Abara, explained that the last phase of the ring road project that comprised sections 3 & 4 were awarded to CGC and CCEC.
“This time last week, we were here to sign an agreement for the ring road project (sections 3 & 4) being funded with the loan from the African Development Bank. In the ceremony, we told us that two of the Contractors had not finished documentation, but today, the documentation had been done and they are ready for signing. I want us to note that sections 3 & 4 are in four lots,” he explained.
The representatives of the two Contractors in their separate speeches promised to deliver the job according to specifications and on time.