FOR motorists plying the Agbor-Abraka-Eku road in Delta State, there is the need to heave a sigh of relief following the intervention of the state government to rehabilitate the deplorable road.
At its executive council meeting last week, the state government graciously approved the immediate repairs of the federal road which had caused untold hardship to its users.
Towards the terminal end of his administration, precisely March 26 2015, former President Goodluck Jonathan awarded a contract to CGC Nigeria limited to dualize the 110km Amukpe-Eku-Abraka-Agbor road traversing several agrarian communities at a cost of N112 billion.
Since then, no construction activity has taken place and as a result, the facility further deteriorated to an extent that a journey of 40minutes on the road now takes about one and half hours.
However, Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, who disclosed the plan of government after the Exco meeting, said though it was a federal road, the state government decided to work on it in the interest of the people.
Also approved is the contract for the rehabilitation/asphalt overlay of Ekakpamre/Ekrokpe/Usiefurun Road in Ughelli South and Udu Local Government areas and the rehabilitation and resealing of Alihiame/Aliagwai/Aliokpo/Agbor-Nta road in Ika South Local Government Area.
According to Mr Ukah, the Executive Council equally gave its nod to the construction of Winners Road and Jehovah Street/Umonu Crescent, all in Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area and the reconstruction of Owa-Alero/Ute-Okpu road from Railway Fly-Over Bridge to Ute-Okpu Roundabout in Ika North East Local Government Area.
The continuation of the construction of Issele-Uku/Onicha-Uku/Ugbodu/Ukwu-Nzu/Obomkpa/Idumu-Ogo road and the completion of phase two of the contract (2.43 km length) from Onicha-Uku to Ukwu-Nzu in Aniocha North Local Government Area were also approved.