The House of Representatives has asked the federal government to extend remedial work on the Owerri-Orlu-Idoato-Uga federal road in view of its importance as linkage between four of the five states in the South East.
The House in resolution on Thursday, also urged the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to include the duailization of the road in the 2020 Budget.
This was fallout of a motion by Hon. Paschal Obi, who noted that the government of Imo State under Senator Rochas Anayo Okorocha had executed projects and made appreciable efforts in repair of the road, but that the unintended over- flooding arising from the destructive Climate Change destroyed some of the works to unmanageable proportions.
He lamented that “the grave devastation on the road, including the collapse of Umuchima-Mgbee bridge as a result of excessive erosion as well as the non-continuation of the expansion and dualization project on the road”.
The lawmaker further expressed concern that there have been high death rates from accidents and other minor mishaps, especially on the collapsed bridge linking Mgbee (Orlu) and Umuchima, including the ravaging impact of the erosion menace.