The Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Tuesday inaugurated the 12km Ugwuomu Nike-GO Uni Road amidst jubilation of the Ugwomu Nike people and the Godfery Okoye University community.
The newly completed Ugwuomu Nike-Godfrey Okoye University road transverses the Emene and Ugwuomu Nike communities both in Enugu East Local Government Area.
In his speech, Ugwuanyi stated that his administration is interested more in rural development as infrastructural development in the rural will not only stimulate local commerce, economic expansion with its associated enhancement of quality of life of the populace but also reduce travel time and urban migration.
He recalled that the construction of the road commenced in 2018 following his administration’s release of funds to Godfrey Okoye University to execute the project on direct labour basis, under the superintendence of the University’s Physical Planning Department.
“We thank God that despite the nation’s economic, security and public health challenges our administration has undertaken and completed massive projects with meager resources at her disposal,” Ugwuanyi said.
“Some landmark projects executed by our administration within the Enugu East Local Government Area, includes newly constructed Nike Lake Junction-Harmony Estate-Amorji Nike- Adoration Pilgrimage Centre-Orie Emene Road; Eke Obinagu Junction –Onwunwenabo Akpuoga Nike Road; the rehabilitated National Orthopedic Hospital Junction –Airport Roundabout-Orie Emene –Eke Obinagu Junction (old Enugu –Abakiliki Road); two new Customary Court Buildings and the rehabilitated Abakpa Nike Health Centre,” the Governor reiterated.
“The successful construction of the Ugwuomu Nike-GO Uni road was a collective effort of the Godfrey Okoye University, under the watch of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Christian Anieke as well as the support and cooperation of the traditional ruler, Town Union leadership and members of the Ugwuomu Nike community,” Ugwuanyi acknowledged.
The Vice-Chancellor in his response described the new asphalted road as not just a road but life defined and redefined, shaped, and reshaped.
“With this road all levels of human interactions have been smoothened like the beautiful asphalt of the road. With this road the economic life of all the communities will be improved tremendously and blossom incandescently like Flame of the Forest,”
“With this road, an olive branch of invitation, as well as warm embrace, has been given by this administration under our beloved Governor to more than 20 European companies that will be domiciled in the GO Uni-European Business Park of Godfrey Okoye University,” Anieke said.
The Vice-Chancellor further revealed that the road project worth about One billion, five hundred million naira and was completed in December last year.
In appreciation of the state Governor for the road, the traditional ruler of the autonomous community, HRH Igwe Dr. M.A Ogbuchi conferred a Chieftaincy title Okaa Obulu-Uzo 1 of Mbuluanwuri Nike on Ugwuanyi.
Speaking on behalf of the community, Nnanyelugo Felix Nnamani, the President General of Ugwuomu Nike Town Development Union said that the governor has not only wiped away their tears but has also given them a sense of belonging as human beings.
“Our people have gone through hell over years because of the terrible state of this road but you have suddenly brought us joy,”
“You are the first Executive Governor of Enugu State that stepped his feet on Ugwuomu soil and your light is showing boldly in Ugwuomu. We can’t thank you and the State Executive Council enough for remembering Ugwuomu Nike. We, therefore, beseech God Almighty to hold you, your family and your government in His bold hands for greater results in service to humanity,” says PG Ugwuomu Nike Development Union.
Dignitaries at the event include members representing Enugu East/Isi-Uzo Federal Constituency, Cornelius Nnaji; the State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Greg Nnaji; Chairman of Enugu East LGA, Alex Ugwu; the Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Most Rev. Dr. Anthony Gbuji; the Chairman, Board of Trustees of Godfrey Okoye University, Prof. Bartho Okolo; the Management Team of the University, amongst others.
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