Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor, has appealed to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to reconstruct one of the most important roads in the state.
Kalu, a former two- term governor of the state, said the reconstruction of Umuahia -Uzuakoli -Akara-Alayi-Igbere- Item-Abiriba-Ohafia road would ease the gruelling experience of commuters in the area.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in a post on his Facebook page on Friday, said he had appropriated N1 billion for the road’s reconstruction in the 2021 budget.
He said : “This is an appeal to my state Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu to consider rebuilding one of the important state roads in Abia : Umuahia -Uzuakoli -Akara-Alayi-Igbere- Item-Abiriba-Ohafia road. Against certain insinuations, the road is a state road and not federal road. Despite not falling into my senatorial role, I had initially appropriated One billion naira as part of the 2021 capital project but the Federal Ministry of Work is yet take action on it .
“When I was Governor, I built the road and maintained it . Ever since I left , there has been no new investment on the road despite being one of the busiest roads in Abia. I am calling and appealing to the state Governor to ease off the stress on that road by taking urgent action on it.”
But responding to the post, some Facebook users accused Kalu of sub-standard works when he held sway as governor, hence, the quick failure of the road project.
“If you had done a good job on the road, there wouldn’t have been need for this post. The roads Sam Mbakwe did is still intact in Imo State,” Chiemeka Akwarandu said.
Another Nigerian, Obinna Chima, who shared almost similar thought with Chiemeka wrote :” The current governor of Ebonyi State is building quality roads that will not go bad in 20 years. You built and mentained poorly constructed roads, that was why you were mentaining them even while in office.”
Another Facebook user, Nonso Bullion, also lambasted Kalu for not doing enough as governor.
” If you had done your duties as a then governor of that state like your counterpart did in Akwa Ibom and Ebonyi state, some of the challenges being faced by citizens of that state would have been a story. Baba calm down,” he said.