The Ebonyi Commissioner for Works and Transportation, Fidelis Nweze has made the intimation that the state government has spent over N33 billion in construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of Federal roads in the state.
Disclosing this during a news conference in Abakaliki, he noted that the amount was spent by the previous administration of Martin Elechi and the present Governor, Dave Umahi.
According to him, Ebonyi was among the states listed to benefit from the Federal Government refund of money spent on federal roads.
He said: “Between the last administration and this administration, we have committed about N33 billion in the construction of federal roads within the state.
“This will be made available to the Federal Executive Council and the Senate.
“We have defended that and that is why our state is among states listed for reimbursement on federal road interventions,” he said.
Nweze said that the Umahi administration had recorded remarkable achievements in improving the road network.
He said that the administration, in three years, had constructed no fewer than 78 roads, cutting across the 13 local government areas and Abakaliki, the state capital.
Nweze noted that some of the roads were constructed using rigid (concrete) pavement to guarantee their durability.
In his words, “We promised that we would do 15-kilometre road in each of the 13 LGAs when we assumed office and we have done 15-kilometre rigid pavement and has surpassed the number in some LGAs.
“We have done over 75 percent of the internal roads in the capital city and today, Ebonyi is a success story,” he said.