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The 108 kilometre local government roads which Governor Achike Udenwa directed the 27 local government chairmen to construct in their areas as embedded in his 2005 Budget has been awarded to Romix Soilfix, a road construction firm that has its headquarters in South Africa.
The 108 kilometre local government roads which Governor Achike Udenwa directed the 27 local government chairmen to construct in their areas as embedded in his 2005 Budget has been awarded to Romix Soilfix, a road construction firm that has its headquarters in South Africa. The Special Adviser to the state governor, Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Rt Hon. Barrister Goddy Dikeocha, disclosed this to newsmen.
The former Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly who revealed that the company was responsible for the construction of some of the good roads in the North, described in some quarters as "Nylon tar" also said the company would make use of a special chemical to form a concrete phase for the road before the final layer would be covered with bitumen, and the cost would be 50% cheaper than normal asphalt.
Each of the 27 local government areas is expected to have only 4 kilometre road constructed in that area, and each road will link up other roads to be constructed in other local government areas.
Rt. Hon. Dikeocha paid glowing tribute to Governor Achike Udenwa for accepting this idea of LG Chiefs constructing roads in their territories, adding that the idea was initiated by him (Dikeocha) sometime in November 2004.
Dikeocha's belief was that the only way to reduce corruption was to reduce the money at hand.
The Special Adviser whose Bureau also supervises the Local Empowerment and Environmental Management Project (LEEMP) also commented on the project. He said it was a laudable one which the state government had spent millions of Naira on as its contribution, but regretted that the people involved had impression that they would report directly to World Bank, the major sponsor, instead of the state government. "They should rather, report directly to the state government", he cleared.
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