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Imo govt to begin construction of rural roads

The Imo Commissioner for Works, Ralph Nwosu has said the state government has begun mass construction of rural roads in the 27 local government areas of the state.

Nwosu while speaking to newsmen in Owerri yesterday said in the first phase, 5km roads would be constructed in each LGA as part of the state government’s rural empowerment initiative.

He said all necessary contractual agreements had been reached, adding that work had already begun in some of the locations, despite the rainy season.

According to him, the construction of rural roads, with linking roads to the urban areas, would make Imo a “one city” state, which capital city can be accessed from all parts of the state.

He listed some of the rural roads to include the Nkwerre – Dikenafai, Avu – Etekuru and Mgbidi – Omuma among others.

The commissioner also revealed that the balloon technology tunnel and the underground tunnel in Owerri metropolis, when completed, would further reduce flooding to its barest minimum.

He listed some of the roads nearing completion to include the Owerri-Okigwe and Owerri-Orlu which he described as signature road projects.

“ The first phase of the Owerri-Okigwe road will soon be inaugurated by Presidential Muhammadu Buhari in the coming weeks,” he stated.

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