Enugu, August 22, 2023 – Enugu State Government has unveiled an extensive road construction initiative, with 81 roads set for development. Among these, 71 roads are earmarked for construction within the Enugu metropolis, while an additional 10 major roads will link various parts of the state. The comprehensive plan also includes the dualization of selected roads and the strategic construction of flyovers to ease traffic congestion in the state capital.
Dr. Gerald Otiji, the Commissioner for Works, shared these details during a press briefing following the State Executive Council meeting by Governor Peter Mbah. Dr. Otiji highlighted that the roads targeted for rehabilitation or reconstruction are spread across key areas, including Trans Ekulu, Abakpa, Emene, Awkunanaw, and more.
“We identified about 71 roads in Enugu urban. We have scoped them, and we are on the verge of getting them rehabilitated or reconstructed. These 71 roads cut across Trans Ekulu, Abakpa, Emene, Awkunanaw, Coal Camp, Asata, New Layout, Achara Layout, Idaw River, among others.
“Also identified were areas with heavy morning traffic and traffic jams where the government will build flyovers. Among them is Abakpa Junction. There is going to be a flyover there. We are also trying to navigate the Chris Chemist/Old Park junction area so that we can build a flyover there.
“There are equally some existing roads, such as the Enugu-Ugwogo Nike-Opi-Nsukka road and GRA – Trans Ekulu road, which will be dualized due to the heavy traffic on them.
“These projects will come in sequence, and we are ready. We urge the people of Enugu State to exercise a little more patience”, the Commissioner stated.
In addition to the urban road development, 10 vital roads outside the Enugu metropolis have been identified across the state’s three senatorial zones, emphasizing their importance in connecting local governments.
Dr. Otiji reassured residents, saying, “These projects will be implemented in sequence, and we urge the people of Enugu State to exercise patience as we move forward.”
The Commissioner for Information, Aka Eze Aka, announced that the State Executive Council has greenlit a range of short to long-term initiatives to enhance security, mitigate challenges from fuel subsidy removal, and advance the state’s e-governance efforts.
Aka Eze Aka further explained, “To assist the people of Enugu State, the government plans to provide mass transit buses and other measures as part of the palliatives. The Council has also approved high-tech security infrastructure to bolster the state’s security architecture.”
In line with improving governance efficiency, the Council also approved the digitalization of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), laying the groundwork for Governor Peter Mbah’s e-governance vision.
Adding to the updates, Dr. Malachy Agbo, the Commissioner for Human Development and Poverty Eradication, revealed that the distribution of palliatives will soon commence. Notably, the state government has decided to decentralize the management of palliatives by involving local government councils. Dr. Agbo emphasized that this approach aims to effectively alleviate the impact of subsidy removal on the lives of Enugu residents.