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Imo State Governor, Chief Hope Uzodimma has assured residents of Imo State that President Muhammadu Buhari will do well to refund money spent on construction of federal roads in the state.
Briefing newsmen shortly after an executive council meeting, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, said the president had already approved refund of money spent by the administration on federal roads.
The badly dilapidated roads which Governor Uzodimma embarked on their construction recently because of their economic importance to the state, according to Emelumba, are majorly those of Owerri/Orlu and Owerri/Okigwe which, he added, will soon be commissioned by the president, as well as that of Owerri-Mbaise-Umuahia road to be flagged off when he visits the state next month.
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He said: ‘Council noted with delight that the Federal Government has promised to refund the money used by the state government in the construction of the flagship projects of Owerri/Orlu and Owerri/Okigwe roads by this government, and when this is done, it will be a big boost on the economy of the state.
Meanwhile, the commissioner disclosed the executive council has approved N65.7 billion as supplementary budget to be forwarded to the House of Assembly for approval.
“Council has also approved a supplementary budget of N65.7 billion and by this approval, it will now be forwarded to the House of Assembly for the necessary legislative backing.” Emelumba said.
Also, the commissioner announced the shutdown of the central abattoir at Somachi by the government to avoid epidemic.
He said the abattoir is in a very bad state and capable of causing health hazards if nothing is done fast. Emelumba added that an approval for the commencement of another abattoir at Naze has already been approved.
However, to assuage the plight of the butchers at Somachi in the event of the closure, Emelumba said they will be relocated to three major abattoirs at Egbu (Owerri North), Avu (Owerri West) and Afor-Ogbe (Ahiazu-Mbaise).