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By Juliana Nwachukwu :

The Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has terminated the Contract of NBHH Engineering Company at Okpoko, Ogbaru Local Government Area of the State over negligence and delay in delivering nine roads totalling 14.053 km roads in Okpoko

The Governor announced the immediate termination of the road project contract when he visited the site unannounced on February 20.

Speaking to the contractor, Gov. Soludo said, “The entire project suppose to be through by June last year, this is the eight month after the project supposed to be through, you do not have the capacity to do the job.

“This project suppose to last for nine months and you were mobilized September 10 – February 10 this year, yet, this is February 20, this is the 9 month, and it was supposed to be ended.

“It is totally evident that your company is totally incompetent and we paid 50% mobilization 2022, there is no place else that pays 50% mobilization, and this project suppose to be delivered June last year, nine months after, you have not delivered.

“Today and here, I terminate this contract, it is over, you are going to calculate what you are going to refund back to the state government, you can move your things out here, from tomorrow, I am going to look for another person that will do this job”.

The governor also condemned the practice of street trading, emphasizing the need for organised markets and announced the construction of a modern fruit and vegetable market to relocate street vendors and improve overall aesthetics.

He highlighted the poor sanitary conditions and ordered immediate clean up efforts, assuring that the SASA Anti-tout taskforce will address harassment and illegal levies imposed on traders.

The Transition Committee Chairman of Ogbaru, Mr Paschal Aniegbuna applauded Gov. Soludo for his commitment to tranforming Okpoko community into a livable homeland and expressed optimism about the governor transforming the Okpoko markets into modern markets , following government’s meeting with okpoko market leaders.

The nine road project in Okpoko include: Obodoukwu – Owerri Road (L= 2.884km W=12m), Ogbuagu-Ik Onuora-Anumudu-Mgbuka Amazu -Owerri Road (L= 2.992km W=7.3m), Edeh Road-School Road-Awalite-Ojoto-Owerri Road (L= 1.48km W= 9m), School Road-Umuobom Street-Ojoto Street Junction (L= 0.576km W= 6m) and

Umuobom ST (Ojoto St Junction)-Adazi Ani ST-Owerri Road (L=1. 345km W=6m).

Others were Umenweke ST (Obodoukwu Junction)-Umeojiakor ST (School Rd Junction) (L=0.593km W=6km), Awalite (Ojoto Junction) -Anumudu (Mgbuka Amazu Junction) (L= 0.991km W= 6m), Uzii Street-Mission Street (Awalite Junction) (L= 0.538km W= 6m), and Anumudu Street (Ik Onuora Junction) – Gmo Road (L= 0.350km W= 9m), totalling 14.053km.

*Juliana is of the Ministry of Information, Anambra State


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