Amby Uneze in Owerri
Imo State Government has declared ‘a state of emergency on infrastructure’ in the state, even as government has approved the sum of N49.8 million for the rehabilitation of Otamiri Water scheme in Owerri, the state capital.
The approval followed a recommendation by the Management of Imo Water Corporation, considered by the State Executive Council.
Deputy Governor of the state, Hon. Gerald Irona, who presided over the Executive Council meeting, assured stakeholders that the state government will monitor the rehabilitation process, with a view to ensuring that it is done according to specifications.
He explained that the project would be executed through direct labour, while the approved funds shall be released in tranches.
The Deputy Governor reiterated the resolve of the administration, under the leadership of Chief Emeka Ihedioha to tackle the decay in infrastructure in the state.
The Executive Council also considered reports on the state of infrastructure in Imo, necessitating the resolve to declare a state of emergency on infrastructure in the state.
Among the areas considered for immediate intervention are: the poor state of roads in the state, the flooding challenge, particularly, within the state capital, among others. Some of the roads considered for immediate attention include: the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede-Ihiagwa-Obinze Road, Assumpta- Control Post axis, Mgbidi-Oguta Road, MCC-Toronto junction, Aba Bridge-Mbaise Road, among others.
The Executive Council also directed relevant authorities to produce the architectural designs of the tunnels constructed by the immediate past administration, the Orji Flyover (which are in very bad shape, with possibility of collapsing) as well as details of all civil works procurement by the immediate past administration in the state.
The Council further resolved that the procurement process for all the award of the identified roads commences immediately.