The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has commenced the construction of the 8.1 kilometre Umuikukor/Ariaria road in Abia.
The road would link Ukwa West Local Government Area to the commercial city of Aba.
A statement in Port Harcourt on Monday quoted Dr Christian Oboh, the Managing Director of the commission as saying that the road would improve commercial activities in the area.
It said Oboh, represented by a member of the NDDC board Mr Aloysius Nwagboso, said during the hand over of the site in Ukwa West that the project would alleviate the problems commuters encounter on the road.
The statement assured that the NDDC would not compromise on standard in the execution of the project.
"We were meticulous in selecting process of the contractor and thus confident that we will not be disappointed," the managing director was quoted as saying.
It said Oboh appealed for the support and cooperation of community leaders and youths in the area to ensure that the project was executed on schedule.
It also said that the Transition Committee Chairman of Ukwa West Local Council, Mr Ikeokwu Nwankwo, had pledged the council's readiness to provide the enabling environment that would guarantee early completion of the project.
He said the council would also provide security to the contractors to discourage kidnappers and armed robbers from stalling progress on the project. (NAN)