21 June 2014

Nigeria: Slow Pace of Work On Enugu-Ph Expressway Worries Orji

Umuahia — Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, has called on the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority to look into the slow pace of work by the contractor handling the rehabilitation of the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway with a view to ensuring the completion of the job on record time.

The governor made the call at the Government House, Umuahia when he met with the Managing Director of the Authority, Mr. Uche Orji and his team when they paid him a courtesy visit.

He said that even though work was on going the rate at which it was progressing was not encouraging, expressing displeasure that the contractor handling the Enugu end of the road was concentrating on the manageable portion instead of handling the worst parts of the road first.Chief Orji used the forum to commend the M.D on the good job his agency was doing on the second Niger Bridge and urged him to continue until it is realized.

Governor Orji said he was impressed with the job being done by the agency at the federal Medical Centre (FMC) Umuahia as there is visible change in the hospital but appealed to the M.D to assist the state to cater for the health needs of those in the rural areas who could not access the FMC, Umuahia.

He disclosed that the state government has built about 710 health centres in various LGAs of the state to address the health needs of the rural dwellers and requested for assistance to make them serve those at the grassroots well.

Other areas the Governor requested for assistance from the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority include the area of agriculture, mass housing and power supply, assuring that whatever investment made in the state is secure.

Earlier, the M.D/CEO of Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, Mr. Uche Orji who said his agency has the mandate to invest in infrastructure for the country explained that his mission in the state was to update the governor about the progress so far made.

He said his agency is the lead partner in the development of the second Niger bridge, adding that the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority is currently working on a PPP project at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia to develop infrastructure.

According to him, the Authority is now focusing on mass housing, power generation as well as agriculture among others.

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