Enugu Demands Refund of N22.8bn Spent on Federal Roads


John Shiklam in Kaduna

The Enugu State Government has appealed to the Federal Government to reimburse N22.8 billion to spent on rehabilitation of FG roads in the state, saying that it would enable it to speed up ongoing projects in the state.

The appeal came as the State Executive Council friday approved the award of contract for the rehabilitation of more sections of federal road along 9th Mile (Mechanic Village) – Egede Junction –Umuoka – Okpatu – Army Checkpoint and additional works at Holy Catholic Church Ochima Town to Opi Junction.

Briefing journalists at the Government House, Enugu, after the State Executive Council meeting, the State Commissioner for Information, Dr. Godwin Udeuhele, noted that the contract, which was awarded to Comag Steel and Construction Company Limited for N114,841,938.75, was to stem the negative effect of the dilapidated sections of the road on the socio-economic fortunes of the state.

Udeuhele also disclosed that the council applauded Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his remarkable contributions towards the emergence of Enugu Rangers International Football Club as champions of the Nigerian Professional Football League after 32 years, describing him as a “jinx-breaker” who had made the state proud.

The council equally approved the participation of the state in the “Saving One Million Lives“ federal government programme aimed at enhancing access to immunisation and utilisation of Vitamin A for the benefit of the people.

On the issue of security, the council reminded the public that the State’s Emergency Number (117) was fully functional and available on the MTN and Airtel networks.