Determined by his vision to include Nsukka in the world map of history with a landmark edifice, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, yesterday, inspected the site for the construction of an iconic roundabout and tower, located at the popular Opi Junction, about 14km from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka campus.
Ugwuanyi, who was accompanied by his Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Greg Nnaji, Controller of Works, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Femi Oyekanmi and the Airspace Manager, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, Iliya Yohana, disclosed that the major purpose of the inspection tour was to obtain approval from the two federal agencies for the commencement of the all-important project.
Ugwuanyi explained that the roundabout and tower will be a deserving identity of Nsukka, stressing that the second largest city in Enugu State, which was hitherto neglected, truly deserves major facelifts in terms of infrastructure development.
“We called NAMA to approve this project because of the height of the tower, to ensure it won’t be an obstruction to flights,” he said.
The governor who was received by jubilant crowd, including the Chairman of Nsukka Local Government Area, Cosmas Ugwueze, members representing Nsukka East and West constituencies in the House of Assembly, Chinedu Nwamba and Emma Ugwuerua respectively, his Special Adviser on Project Development and Implementation, Obiageli Abba, the Chairman, Enugu State Internal Revenue Service, Emeka Odo, Chris Offor, Dan Shere, Traditional Rulers from Opi communities and a delegation from Odinma Nsukka, thanked the Assembly members for approving the project and other special interventions for Nsukka zone, in the 2021 budget.
Ugwuanyi also thanked the stakeholders of Nsukka zone, especially the owners of the land where the roundabout and tower will be sited, the Federal Controller of Works, Ministry of Works and Housing, Odinma Nsukka and the youths, for granting approval for the commencement of the project.
Reiterating his resolve to serve Enugu State with the fear of God, Ugwuanyi pledged to continue to deliver on his promises to the people in spite of various challenges confronting the nation.
Earlier, Nnaji revealed that the project is contained in 2021 budget.
On his part, Oyekanmi, who endorsed the construction of the roundabout and tower, commended Ugwuanyi for seeking the assessment and approval of the ministry and NAMA before the commencement of the project, stressing that such approach is novel.
Also, Yohana equally applauded Ugwuanyi for seeking the agency’s approval, stating that “we will look at the technical drawings and give the necessary advice.”