By Emmanuel Acha
Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Wednesday inaugurated N358 million urban expansion project at Mgbowo in Awgu Local Government Area of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the State Executive Council approved the urban expansion project of the current administration in line with the campaign promise of the governor.
The project is aimed at developing additional satellite towns with a view to decongesting human traffic in the capital city.
Ugwuanyi, while inaugurating the project situated at the popular ‘Aki na Ukwa’ Junction on Enugu-Port Harcourt Highway, said when completed, the facility would be a befitting gateway into the capital city from Abia, Imo and Rivers States.
He said that the area would be adorned by solar powered street and traffic lights, security posts and dual carriage ways.
The governor said that it was his aspiration to open up more urban centres to further attract investments to the state.
Ugwuanyi appealed to residents of the area to cooperate with the contractors as they delivered the project.
The President-General of Mgbowo Town Union, Mr Tony Udinya said that the project would improve the aesthetics of the community and provide market for the vast agricultural produce from the area.
Udinya said that residents of the area were appreciative of the goodwill of the governor to their people, adding that much still needed to be done to bring Mgbowo at par with its peers.
“The major problem confronting this community is water. Hence, your intervention in this regard will be highly appreciated.
“There is a damn project in Mgbowo that had been abandoned over the years,” he said.
Udinya said that it was imperative for the state government to construct a link road to connect all the communities that were the direct beneficiaries of the project.
“This project will not only serve Mgbowo, but the entire Awgu and Aninri Local Government Areas. The major constraint we have is the traditional link road that connects the area.
“This is where our people and those from Aninri do their farming and the road is deplorable. It will ease the flow of agricultural produce to the market,” he said.
Udinya said that the people of the area were thrilled by the move to urbanise the community, adding that they would show their unflinching appreciation in due time.
NAN reports that the project has a completion period of six months.