Utazi to Buhari: Please fix Otukpa-9th mile road

A lawmaker representing Enugu North Senatorial district, Sen. Chukwuka Utazi, has asked President Muhammad Buhari to fix the Otukpa-9th mile road in Benue state, to ease movements. Senate

The lawmaker who raised a point of order on the terrible state of roads in Enugu state, has called on the President and the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi to also look into the detoriating state of the Otukpa-9th mile road.

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Recall that, the President had recently approved the sum of N10bn for the rehabilitation of Akanu Ibiam international airport, Enugu, which has been in a sorry state. The rehabilitation, which shall commence very soon, will force commuters, mostly political office holders and high profile individuals, to ply roads. Senate

Coming under order 43 of the Senate rules on Tuesday, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu North), said it was incumbent on the President to order immediate repairs on the Lokoja-Otukpa-9th Mile road, which has become the major route for commuters traveling to East.

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“Mr. President, you could remember, when the Abuja international airport was undergoing rehabilitation and we had to make use of the Kaduna airport as alternative, the federal government carried out great repairs on Abuja-Kaduna road, which commuters plied to catch up with their flights. Senate

“The Lokoja road through Otukpa which is the major route for everybody traveling to the East is in the state of disrepair, especially in Otukpa, Benue State. It took me 45 minutes to pass through Otukpa at the weekend. “We appreciate President Buhari for approving the rehabilitation of Enugu international airport. But we need his intervention in the roads too, to ease movements of commuters”, Utazi said.

The lawmaker was optimistic that, if the roads were given attention, it would encourage commuters, especially, those who were used to flight, to ply the roads, for the period of rehabilitating the airport.




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