Work will soon resume on the suspended Akwakuma flyover on Orlu road, Owerri, Imo State, which was started by the Ikedi Ohakim administration.
Disclosing this recently, the Deputy Governor, Sir Jude Agbaso, said that the present administration under Governor Anayo Rochas Okorocha, renegotiated the cost of the project downwards.
He said that the contractor handling the project had been paid and would soon mobilize to site.
The Deputy Governor, who also acts as the State Works Commissioner, was on inspection tour of the new access road created at Akokwa-Mgbee which was completely severed recently by erosion.
He stressed the need for the Federal Government to permit the state government to continue work on the reconstruction of Federal roads in the state. He said that it was unfortunate that the Federal Government ordered the state to stop work on the Federal Roads that the state was rehabilitating which included the Owerri-Orlu, Owerri-Anara, and Sam Mbakwe Airport roads.
Sir Agbaso said that the government decided to open another way to by-pass the Mgbee erosion spot to reduce the sufferings of people plying the Akokwa-Mgbee road and expressed happiness at the extent of work done by the contractor.
The Deputy Governor appealed to Imo people not to despair at the devastation on their roads by erosion and promised that the state government would address the problems squarely.
The Akwakuma flyover project cuts across Okigwe Road, through Orlu Road, to link Onitsha Road and is expected to ease traffic that often builds up on the Akwakuma/Amakohia Egbeada Housing Estate junction on the Orlu road.