Gov Umahi To Inaugurate Nigeria's Longest Flyover Bridge In September

By Our Reporter, Abakaliki

In line with his regular supervision of ongoing projects in the State, Governor David Nweze Umahi on Sunday embarked on the inspection of the 500 metre long Iyere flyover in Afikpo South Local Government Area of the State.

Governor while speaking with newsmen after inspecting the flyover built on a very difficult terrain, expressed happiness at the speed and quality of work at the project.

He announced that the flyover would be completed and put to use within the next thirty days.

According to Mr Chooks Oko,
Special Assistant to the Governor, media and strategy, Umahi said his administration was more concerned about building for the people rather than the ceremony of commissioning, expressed optimism that economic activities would peak up within Ebonyi and neighbouring States when the project is completed.

"I am very excited, that is why I am standing on this bridge to thank God very seriously.

"When we embarked on the conceptualization, no one in Ebonyi State believed in it, alot of lives were lost on yearly basis because of that and again economic activities were hampered because no truck of ten tonnes can climb this 47 percent slope of the hill.

"If you recall under Dr. Sam Egwu, four expatriates in the past were given the project and they all ran away, so I was able to construct the project but I did not finish it but when Chief Elechi came, he was very interested and we completed the project but without stone base and the road was still standing, fortunately, I came and God brought me to finish what I started, so we started to put concrete on top of the asphalt we laid from Amasiri down to Nguzu, I think it is about 200 metres and the road will be completed.

"This project can compare with the second Niger Bridge, I am not boasting but if you go down you will see the arrangements and then you go and compare it with the second Niger Bridge and remember it was done by the Ministry of Works under direct Labour and I can tell you that this project did not cost up to four billion naira, we are still going to beautify it to have the reflection of what we do.

"For me the most important thing is not to commission project but to complete the project and deploy it for people to use but if Mr. President has time, we will love him to come and see this, see the terrain, see the beauty and see the conceptualization, see engineering at work and I am sure he will be very happy as well.

"This bridge remained a nightmare and that is why we have done this and reduced the slope from forty seven percent to between six to seven percent and so, in the next thirty days, this place will be open for people to start to use it."

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