One year after, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led government said it has re-awarded Akpanya, Odolu-Enugu Ezike road.
The was awarded by People Democratic Party (PDP) was re-awarded by APC.
Though started, but contractors have since deserted the site.
The project captured as the Construction of Ogrute-Umuida-Unadu-Akpanya-Odoru was awarded to the tune of N12, 951,207,018.75.
A construction company, P.W. Nigeria Limited, with contact address, Plot 9 Outer Northern Expressway Maitama District, PMB 7016 (Garki), Abuja, Nigeria got the contract to execute the project.
Mr. Ogala Idoko Samuel, a Lawyer and a human rights activist, who hails from Akanya, speaking to WEST AFRICA REPORTERS (WAR), say the construction of the road will not only assuage the suffering Akpanya people have gone through for decades because of the bad road but will boost economic activities in the community.
Those traveling from Southeast to Abuja and other northern parts of Nigeria will use the route, it reduces Abuja journey to 3 hours rather than six hours, the road will also connect southwest through Idah, a local government in Kogi state, Samuel added.
Ejiofor Eze, who hails from Enugu-Ezike, and often uses the road, in a telephone conversation with WEST AFRICA REPORTERS (WAR), said he was born in 1982, and throughout his existence, he has suffered on the road, the award of the road is a clear indication that APC led government knows Akpanya and his community Enugu Ezike occupy a strategic place in Nigeria, I cannot but thank APC for remembering us he said.
Worse still, the construction of the road started and was abandoned while suffering on the road appears to worsen.
The APC government last year, in a press statement released 69 ongoing road and bridge projects in the South-east. And in the list, Akpnya, Enugu Ezike-Odolu road is on the list.
Mr. Lai Mohammed, the Nigeria Minister of Information and Culture, disclosed that the projects were awarded by the Nigeria opposition party PDP during their time in power, but said some of the contracts were poorly executed while some were abandoned, hence APC is re-awarding them.