Thirty five percent of the 58 kilometer Enugu - Onitsha Expressway is almost completed by the contractors handling the project.
The director of highways, Southeast, Federation Ministry of Works, Mr. Adetokumbo Sogbesan, made this known in Enugu during tour of ongoing federal projects in the Southeast zone of the country.
Mr. Sogbesan said that out of the N100 billion Sukuk Bond for infrastructure, the Federal Government has invested N16.6 billion for rehabilitation of some roads in the Southeast geopolitical zone.
According to him, in October 2017, the Federal Government released the proceeds of the N100 billion Sukuk Bond to 25 key economic road projects across the country.
Mr. Sogbesan listed four different road sections covered by the fund to include the Enugu - Onitsha Expressway, Enugu - Lokpanta, Lokpanta - Abia Tower and Abia Tower - Abia section of the Enugu - Port Harcourt Expressway.
The director expressed satisfaction on the job done so far by the contractors, Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) Ltd. The project which covered a distance of 58 km is from Amansea in Anambra to Enugu. "Forty kilometres of the road is in Anambra while 18km is in Enugu section of the road," he explained.
Director Sogbesan however expressed concern over the heavy traffic flow on the road. " I pray we get more funding so as to deliver this project at the right time. This project will improve transportation infrastructure. The micro-economy impact of this road will go a long way to help Nigerians."
In his own contribution, the controller of works, Enugu, Mr. Oluropo Oyetade, explained that monitoring of the project has been encouraging since the contractors reported to site. The contract, with a completion period of 36 months, was awarded in 2014 but was not funded, according to the controller, till 2017. It is expected to be delivered in December 2019.