Lilian Ogbonna (AGENDAWATCTHDOG) – The African Development Bank (AFDB) is funding about 37 road projects in Abia State, according to Abia Commissioner for Works, Chief Bob Ogu, who made the disclosure via an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Aba.
According to the commissioner, apart from the Osisioma interchange project, the African Development Bank was in the process of funding the construction of about 37 roads in the state which would be in phases, with the state having scaled the first phase, which is getting approval for the projects to take off, while the second phase would involve the actual design of the roads.
Ogu added that AfDB had given Abia State a grant of 1.7 million dollars for the design of the roads, and would soon come for the design inspection, adding that the consultant who had been consulted by the state to help with project design was being delayed by COVID-19 restrictions. He assured that the design when completed would be sent to the AfDB for approval and release of funds for the commencement of practical work.
The commissioner also added that the Abia State University Teaching Hospital road was being handled by the China Zhonghau Construction company, which is also handling the flyover, stating that the state government’s agreement with the Chinese construction firm was that the dry season would ensure that the road was completed before the end of the year, pointing out, however, that due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, there was no assurance that the projects would be delivered according to agreed timelines.
Ogu assured,however. that before the end of the year, the descent and the ascent of Osisioma interchange would be completed as work was still ongoing at the site, despite disruptions caused by COVID-19 restrictions.