The Imo state Governor Hope Uzodinma has commissioned a dual carriageway called Chukwuma Nwoha road in Owerri the State capital.
The road which was named in honour of Chukwuma Nwoha, a teenager who won the under 17 world Cup in China in 1985, was commissioned by Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.
The Governor who tagged his administration 3 R (Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Recovery ), while giving his remark at the event said what he met on ground was a great eyesore and a big shame on the country’s national psyche.
“Today marks another watershed in our matchless developmental efforts, especially in the area of Infrastructures. Today, we are practically commissioning a brand new dualised
Chukwuma Nwoha road which had been surrendered to flood and other ecological processes before we came on board.
“We all know how residents had deserted this road before we embarked on its holistic rehabilitation.
Both landlords and tenants had their tales of woes, yet their cries didn’t reach the ears of previous administrations.
”This particular commissioning is heart-warming because this road is named in honour of Chukwuma Nwoha, who as a teenager was among the youngsters that made the nation proud by winning the under 17 world Cup in China in 1985.
“In essence, Chukwuma Nwoha road ought to reverberate a sense of national pride and inspiration on its users.
“It should remind them how our young Eaglets made us all proud in faraway China 36 years ago. It should also inspire the younger ones to strive to be immortalised like Chukwuma Nwoha. But all that will be only when the road is a delightful motorway to road users.
“Unfortunately in the past 20 years, the opposite was the case. What we had instead was a stretch of stagnant pond water that severed this critical Chukwuma Nwoha link road, connecting MCC road to Egbu road.
“Indeed what we met on ground was a great eyesore and a big shame on our national psyche.
“To the glory of God, that is now history. We have not only recovered the road but we have made it a brand new one by turning it into a dual carriageway to take more traffic off the ever-busy Egbu road.
“In our shared prosperity agenda, encapsulated in the three RS of Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Recovery, roads are important component because of their socioeconomic benefits to our people.
“Apart from relieving residents the burden of restlessness occasioned by flooding, this road relieves pressure from the city centre as motorists coming from Umuahia, Mbaise and Emekuku can easily pass through Chukwuma Nwoha to Imsu , Okigwe road, Orji and other parts of the city.
“Today, the chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, His Excellency, Dr Kayode Fayemi is here live to commission this important road.
“He is again bearing witness to our total commitment to the service of our people through the provision of critical infrastructure. President Muhammadu Buhari opened the floodgate of a harvest of roads followed by the vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo. The Senate President, Alhaji Ahmad Lawan was also here last week.
“As we have more than 46 roads fully completed or under construction, it means that more distinguished Nigerians will be touching base with Imo State to bear witness to what we have done in just one year.
“What it means is that under a conducive environment devoid of violence, unnecessary distractions and malicious political shenanigans, this government would more than deliver on its mandate to transform Imo State.
“It also means that Imo State will only continue to march on triumphantly to better and better years ahead. Even more importantly, it signals the irreversible end to the days of suffocating hardship in the land of “New Egypt”, because we have made sure that never again, shall our people return to Egypt.
“May I, therefore, use this opportunity to appeal to our youths to give peace a chance by refraining from being willing tools in the hands of enemies of our state and country. Since there can never be progress without peace, all our people should recommit to building an enduring society where we shall pursue our legitimate undertakings in peace”, Governor Hope said.