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5 Abia Communities get N133Million as compensation from FG

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The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has given an approval for the payment of N133 million compensation to Abia communities for land acquired for the construction of a trailer park on Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway.

The Federal Controller, Federal Ministry of Works, Mr Chukwudike Nwankwo, spoke in an interview with an online media on Friday during the minister’s inspection of the rehabilitation work on the Okigwe end of the expressway.

Nwankwo said the ministry would commence the disbursement of the fund to the five communities in Umunneochi Local Government Area where the land for the project is located.

“The minister has given approval for the payment of compensation of about N133 million. It is a very large parcel of land involving about five communities.

 “We will commence the disbursement soon and once we are through, the construction of the park will start.”

The minister according to the official has directed the immediate evacuation of the trailers from the two sides of the dual carriageway to allow for free-flow of traffic and more,fence off the cattle market from the major road..

The controller commended the minister for attracting additional budgetary allocation which had made progress of work on road rehabilitation projects nationwide possible.

Heavy duty trucks, trailers and the cattle market had spilled into the dual carriageway and hampered smooth traffic flow.

While addressing the Minister on the progress of work earlier, Mr Fouad Sarraf, the Area Manager, SETRACO Nig. Ltd., the contractor, complained that work was stalled at Lokpanta due to the overflow of the cattle market into the road and the presence of heavy duty truck.

Speaking t newsmen on the work, Fashola did not mince word in commending the use of SUKUK fund with the tremendous progress it brought on the project.

The minister declares that the ministry would apply for another intervention from SUKUK to guarantee the speedy completion of the road project before the next rainy season while hoping that the contractor would quickly make available one side of the road to users..

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