By Brenda Agba
The Executive Governor of Benue State, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, has appreciated the Federal Government under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the approval of the contract for the dualization of the Makurdi- Otukpo-9th Mile (Enugu) Road Project.
Governor Alia gave his word of appreciation at Apir in Makurdi Local Government Area Thursday, during the flag off of the Makurdi -Enugu Road construction project.
He assured the Federal Ministry of Works and the contractor handling the project, China Habour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC) of the state government’s support and partnership to ensure the project is completed within the specified time.
The Governor who also appreciated God for granting the state a new leaf under his watch, thanked the people of Benue for their patience and called on them to continue to support his administration and that of President Tinubu for the overall progress of the state and country.
While expressing his confidence and belief in China Habour Engineering Company to do a good job, the governor charged the people of the area and the state in general, to support the contractor in every way they can particularly in the area of security to pave the way for speedy execution of the project.
Earlier in his speech during the flag-off, the Minister of Works, Engr. Dave Umahi, commended Governor Alia for his determination to develop the state, given his numerous visits to his office in Abuja.
He commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for approving the Makurdi-Enugu Road Project as well as other numerous road projects across the country, assuring that the requests the Governor made when he visited the ministry will be granted.
Umahi who is former Governor of Ebonyi State, further assured that work on the Makurdi-Enugu Road Project will kick off in full swing, going forward.
While commending Governor Alia for his efforts to transform Benue State, with numerous ongoing road projects in Makurdi, the Minister thanked the Benue State Government for creating an enabling environment for the construction of the Makurdi-Enugu Road Project.
On their part, the China Harbour Engineering Company team promised to do their best to deliver a good job on the 266.4km road project within the specified time.
Note that the overall funding of the project is a partnership between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Export-Import Bank of China.