The Enugu State Government has embarked on construction and rehabilitation of rural roads in partnership with the local government administrations.
Under the arrangement, roads would be constructed on 70:30 cost sharing ratio with state government paying 70 per cent of the cost and the local government councils paying 30 per cent.
The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Chuks Ugwoke, announced the plan on Friday in Enugu, while briefing newsmen at the end of Enugu State Economic Planning Commission meeting.
Ugwoke said that government had approved in pricinciple the reconstruction of the 44km 9th Mile-Udi-Oji old road in partnership with the two local government councils.
He said government would liaise with the state’s Ministry of Works to work out modalities for the implementation of the project, while the two local councils would liaise with the appropriate authorities.
The commissioner said that government also approved the construction of 22km Amaetiti Achi-Inyi-Awlaw road in Oji River Local Government Area under the arrangement.
Ugwoke said that the road was very important and would encourage trade and commerce among the people of Anambra, Abia and Enugu states.
“If the Uman Bridge on that road, which was destroyed during the civil war is reconstructed the socio-economic lives of the people of the area will be improved.
“This is because goods and services will be freely and easily accessed”, he said.
The commissioner said that the state government was unhappy that some local councils defaulted in the payment of counterpart fund and urged them to pay promptly for the benefit of the grassroots people.
Ugwoke also recalled that the state House of Assembly in February passed a bill for the establishment of a state-wide micro-credit loan scheme to be accessed by the people of the state.