THE Federal Ministry of Works has said the Onitsha/Awka end of the expressway in Anambra State will be ready by December 16.
Federal Director of Highways in charge of Southeast, Bola Aganaba, said by the middle of 2021, one lane of the road would be completed. He added that the Coronavirus pandemic delayed the project.
According to him, 18 kilometers was being reconstructed, and the road would be opened for commuters for easy movement during the yuletide.
He said: “I have come to check what the contractors are doing because before now, they were told to ensure that one side of the expressway is completed before the yuletide for easy movement for motorists.
“The contractors have agreed to open it just for Christmas to reduce the hardship usually encountered by people returning home for the celebrations. The road will be opened around December 16.
“We don’t want people to encounter gridlock and so we have arranged with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to ensure that obstacles are promptly removed. By the time table given to the contractors, one lane of the expressway from Onitsha to Enugu would be completed by the middle of next year…”