The House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to urgently review and redesign the Avu-Etekwuru Road project to conform with modern engineering designs.
The resolution was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion moved by Rep. Uju Chima (APC-Imo).
Chima said, while moving the motion, that Avu-Etekwuru Road was a major road linking Ohaji/Egbema and Owerri-West Local Government Areas of Imo State.
He said that it was also an access road for multinational oil companies and more than 30 communities in the two local government areas.
He said that the NDDC awarded contracts for the rehabilitation of Avu-Etekwuru Road and construction of a bridge across Oguta Lake to link Nnebukwu community and Egwe/Oguta communities about 15 years ago.
Chima said that a legislative oversight was recently conducted at the contract sites, in the presence of the acting Managing Director of the NDDC.
He added that the contractors handling the project were also at hand during the oversight aimed at ascertaining the level of work done and reasons behind the undue delay in completing the projects.
“The contractors were mobilised but no significant progress has been made at the sites, as the contractors are demanding for an upward review of the contract fees due to high cost of materials,’’ he said.
Chima said that he was worried that the road had become impassable, adding that the development had cut off the three neighbouring local government areas of Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta and Owerri-West from other parts of Imo.
“If the road is not given the urgent attention it deserves, more lives and properties will be lost to flooding in Avu and Etekwuru and other communities, where the construction of the bridge was abandoned at Oguta,’’ he said.
The House called on the NDDC to revalue the cost of the projects, so that the jobs could resume in earnest.
The House also urged the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to urgently rehabilitate the road to ease the flow of traffic.
Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, also mandated the House Committees on NDDC and FERMA to liaise with relevant agencies to ensure compliance.