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Anambra Roads Were Deathtraps Before Soludo — Commissioner

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Mrs. Chiamaka Helen Nnake who is the Commissioner for Bud­get and Economic Planning in Anambra State has asserted that the Gover­nor, Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo is doing everything possible to ensure that every part of the state is accessible irrespective of how interior or remote such places are.

Nnake, who made this known in an interview with newsmen in her office at the secretari­at complex Awka on Friday, asserted that Governor Soludo met very terrible roads in Anam­bra State when he came in as governor.

According to her, the governor has already toured the communities and found out that some areas have not had a connecting road to their domains since the state was created and for such communities he prom­ised to provide roads as evi­dent in the many road proj­ects the governor has flagged off for construction in recent times.

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The Commissioner who made a recap of the 2022 Re­vised Budget, said the N170 Billion budget size, had 64% capital expenditures and 36% recurrent expenditures re­spectively. She said over 50% of the capital was allocated to road construction because roads were basic infrastruc­tures needed to drive invest­ments.

Nnake maintained that Solu­do is making frantic efforts to ensure that Anambra State is attractive enough to woo investors into the state. Apart from the deplorable conditions of roads, she said the present state government was greeted with insecurity when it came on board.

The Commissioner who shed more light on the efforts of government on road con­struction, said communities have been charged to ensure that contractors handling road projects in their areas were on site and executing the projects according to spec­ifications as such were veri­table feedback mechanism for the state government to determine progress on road contracts awarded.

The Commissioner also revealed that in the current administration, roads were being designed, soil analysis carried out to determine the composition of the soil and contractors would also sign an agreement paper that roads constructed by their companies will have 20 years guarantee prior to project ex­ecution.

Nnake, who pointed out that most of the contractors handling the road projects in Anambra State were foreign contractors with credibility in Nigeria, declared that  the Solduo led-govern­ment was making efforts to ensure that every part of the state is motorable especially as the festive season sets in.

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