The construction of the 55Km Makurdi-Yogbo-Udei-Udei Branch road has been flagged-off by the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.
Governor Ortom acknowledged the socio-economic benefits of the road to the people of Makurdi and Guma Local Government Areas.
He said this while performing the flag-off ceremony in Makurdi, the state capital.
He stated that his administration views the road construction as another fulfilment of government social contract with the electorate to bring a new lease of life to more Benue people, particularly rural dwellers.
Governor Ortom stated that “the ongoing construction of the 55 Ikyov-Utange-Mbagwaza-Mbagba-Lessel and the 41Km Abuku-Jingir-Tyogbenda-Wombo-Ugah-Iortsor roads and the just-completed Wannune-Ikpa-Igbor road are manifestations of government commitment in opening up rural roads to enhance socio-economic activities.
“The governor commended the quality of jobs executed by the construction company handling the project, Triacta Nigeria Limited and urged them to maintain the tempo by executing the project in line with best standards and specifications,” he said.
Governor Ortom appealed to villages and communities through which the road passes to cooperate fully with the contractor, saying they should own the project by protecting both equipment and personnel engaged.
Commissioner for Works and Transport Engineer Jude Uungwa said the road is to be constructed to first coat surface dressing links Mbagwen and Nyiev communities of Ihyarev extraction in Makurdi and Guma Local Government Areas.
The construction of the 55Km road, which costs N5.1 billion, is to be executed within 24 months. The contractor has been fully mobilised to commence work, as was evidenced in the progress of work done so far.