The Ebonyi State Government under the leadership of Governor David Nweze Umahi has signed an agreement for the award of contract for the construction of the first phase of Abakaliki Ring road.
The signing ceremony took place at the conference Hall of the Governor, at Ochoudo Centenary City, Abakaliki on Thursday.
The contractors include GITTO/ CBC global, EMMYBLESS Construction Limited, Reinforced Global/ PATAN, Kakatar group.
Speaking after the signing ceremony, Governor Umahi said the ceremony is a reward for hardwork having persevered through the rigours and technicalities required for the past six years.
While insisting that the project must be done in the best of quality in rigid pavement, Governor Umahi assured the contractors of adequate Security within their lots to ensure uninterrupted project execution.
He charged the contractors to ensure they employ not less than 100 Ebonyians in each of the seven lots while 50% of the Engineers should be local Engineers from Ebonyi State.
“It has been a very long journey, a very tedious one, and I must commend Mr President for the 199km Abakaliki Ring road passing through 8 Local Government Areas, so Mr. President we are grateful to you, this loan, 150 million US dollars is the first that we are getting from outside Ebonyi State and Nigeria.
“We are very thankful to you, because this project is a reality, as at today, nobody can pass through the road not by foot, not by keke, not by Okada and by the mercy of God, we have the opportunity under our Administration to construct this road, I assure you that Ebonyi State will not remain the same by the time the construction of this road is completed.
“This project is very dear to me, this project has components of Community Social responsibility and each of the lots has 2.5km of internal road to be built with the same standard.”
Earlier, the Commissioner for Infrastructure for Concession, Mr. Fidelis Nweze said the signing of the contract followed due process whereas open bidding process was carried out and the successful bidders engaged for the construction.
In a remark on-behalf of the Contractors, the representative of Kakatar Group, Mr. Dakoru Atukpa expressed satisfaction for being considered worthy of executing the project and assured that they would abide by all specifications and deliver on schedule.
He called on other State Governors to take a clue from Governor Umahi’s ingenuity to develop their States instead of relying solely on receipt from the Federation account.
The signing ceremony was also witnessed by Principal Officers of Government and Chairmen of Local Government Areas benefitting from the project.