By Kenneth Uwasomba
The Commissioner for Works, Barr. Ralph Nwosu, has assured the people of the state that the roads under construction will be completed as soon as the rains stop, adding that they could not see the significance of what government is doing now until two or three roads are completed.
Barr. Nwosu, who gave the assurance, last week in his office, regretted that in spite of assurances given to contractors of the twenty-five roads awarded by the previous administration, only four continued to work, stating that as soon as they achieve milestones, they would be paid some money.
According to him, “We have challenges that those roads were not awarded by us but we took over all of them; we have challenges of COVID-19 that couldn’t allow materials used for construction to come in and, then the rains. We can’t stop the rains. The major problem is that the infrastructural deficit in Imo State is huge. Everywhere is bad at the same time.”
He disclosed that the skeletal and palliative works going on at the Assumpta area, Emmanuel College to Naze, Dick Tiger- Chukwuma Nwoha, MCC road, Okigwe road and Relief market road, was to give Imo people asses to enable them to move around, pointing out that government is not concentrating in the state capital alone.
The Commissioner further disclosed that the state government is collaborating with other agencies like RAMP, stating “Now their construction ends at the stone base, then we asphalt and complete them. We are collaborating with them positively.”
He also reviewed that construction of roads will soon commence in all the local government areas, as the proposal had been sent out.
)Barr. Nwosu, maintained that the state government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the construction giant, Julius Berger with the designs nearing completion, adding that any contractor who had been given advance payment but failed to do the job will be made to refund the money.