Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, yesterday, gave the contractors handling two federal roads in the state up to November 20, 2020 to return to the sites.
He told journalists during an interaction that the state government would be forced to take over the reconstruction of certain critical Abia portions of those roads if the contractors failed to comply with his ultimatum.
The roads are the Enugu-Port Harcourt road and the Aba-Ikot-Ekpene highway.
Describing the condition of the roads along with that of Umuahia – Ikot Ekpene as impassable, he said it has adversely affected the livelihood of Abia people and interstate commuters.
Ikpeazu stressed that good roads are oxygen that drive the life of trade and commerce, which he said is one of the key pillars of his administration.
He also directed the contractors handling the state road projects to also do the needful to expedite their execution and directed the commissioners for Works and Finance to henceforth pay contractors handling various road projects in the state according to the milleage achieved.
He warned that his administration would no longer condone indolence from contractors.
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