By Ewa Innocent, The Sight News
ABAKILIKI- The rapid transformation of Ebonyi State by Governor David Umahi, has attracted comments from investors and foreigners who vowed to vote for governor David Umahi in the 2019 general elections, if given the opportunity.
A representative of a foreign construction firm,based in China, ‘the Tongyi Group’,handling Uburu/Aka eze road project in Ebonyi state, Engr.Vincent Yuan, dropped the hint during the flag off ceremony of the construction of the Uburu-Aka Eze road.
Engr.Yuan, who described Governor Umahi as a ‘wonder working Governor’ who have brought development to all nooks and crannies of the state, judging from the infrastructural development put in place,assured that his company would deliver the job awarded to them on record time. He thanked Governor David Umahj for considering his company worthy to handle the road project.
“This is not the first time of coming to Nigeria and Ebonyi State. The first time I came to Ebonyi State in 2014,the state was not like this. It was like elsewhere in Nigeria but when I came here last year, I was so surprised.
“At the beginning I was wondering who did this? Is this magic?, Some people said, no it is not magic. It is so because we have a very good Governor. So later, I had the opportunity of meeting him.
“As a foreigner, I cannot vote for the Governor. If I have the opportunity, I will surely vote for him. I cannot just imagine the kind of mega city to be compared to this state, if he continues for the next four years”, he added.
In his remark, Governor David Umahi,who was visibly happy to mention some of the numerous completed and commissioned road projects by his administration, which spread across the 13 local government areas of the state, said, “The type of road that we have come to flag off today, is scattered all over the state. We have about twenty of them, ongoing, connecting different cities and these projects shall be part of my second term projects”.
He continued, “let me give you something prophetically, this is my second tenure projects.
“One of our policy is that if you want to do a road project in Ebonyi, you have to site a lead factory for us. We have a lot of zinc, salt and lead spread across the 13 local government areas of the state.
“We have secured a bargain with the contractor handling this road projects to build a lead factory across the bridge.
Governor Umahi, whose mother is a native of Ogwu, in Uburu autonomous community that shares the bridge and it’s deplorable narrow road with Aka eze community, recounted in retrospect, scary childhood memories of the dangerous make shift bridge that dangled dangerously over the river, before government intervention.
He thank God for giving him the grace and opportunity to be the one who has come to salvage the situation.
The 13.9km Ogwu-Uburu/Aka eze road was awarded at the contract sum of 2.227 billion Naira,and to be completed within 14 months duration.