The Enugu State Government has declared that one lane of the collapsed Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway bridge will reopen on December 24.
Gerald Otiji, the state Commissioner for Works, disclosed this to newsmen during the Friday meeting of the State Executive Council at Government House, Enugu.
On November 9, Enugu State Governor Peter Mbah declared that the Federal Government would commence reconstruction of the fallen bridge.
Mbah stated that to ensure that the bridge would be operational within ten days, palliative works will be carried out on the one carriageway that was still intact before reconstruction began.
Otiji, during his speech, stated that the Federal Ministry of Labor is working with Enugu State to rehabilitate the Artisan Cattle Market Bridge.
“This will allow us to keep all the trucks on the road instead of coming into the capital.
“We also have a traffic management team that will help control traffic in the state,” he said.
On water supply, the commissioner asked the people of Enugu to be patient with the government, promising that all efforts would be made to get water back to their taps.
Otiji apologized for any inconvenience the burst pipe may have caused to the homeowners and attributed the water supply interruption to damaged and broken pipes.
He clarified that the pipelines being excavated were installed almost fifty years ago by Dr. Michael Okpara, the Prime Minister of the Southeast Region.
While encouraging the people of the state to report water leaks to the Ministry of Water Resources, Otiji also urged them to show gratitude for their efforts.
Bursted pipes, according to Information and Communications Commissioner Eze Aka, were a sign that the area needed maintenance and the existing pipes needed to be replaced.
“The work is ongoing and we want people to know that the government is working on it,” Aka said.
On transportation, the Enugu State Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Obi Ozo, clarified that the relevant agencies have made concerted efforts to ensure effective and efficient traffic management in the state during the Christmas season.
He states that the ministry has established an inter-ministerial committee in which all relevant parties have a seat.
To handle traffic, they consist of the Police, Military, Federal Road Safety Corps, Local Government Chairmen in various council regions and the Enugu State Traffic Management Agency.
Speaking on agriculture, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Agro-industrialization, Mr. Patrick Uburu, said the state has a robust state roadmap for agriculture aimed at ensuring food security and boosting economic growth.
According to him, the policy will create jobs and leverage strategies to empower farmers and stakeholders to reduce poverty and promote sustainable agriculture in the state.
He added that the four-year policy would take the state from 2023 to 2027.