THE Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has opened for use the 13-kilometer Nike Lake Junction link Road, constructed across the thick forest of Umuchigbo community in Enugu East Local Government Area.
At the inauguration of the road on Thursday, Ugwuanyi said stated that the project was conceived to ease the traffic flow in Enugu East Senatorial zone including interstate vehicular movements.
The 13-kilometre road, which runs from the Nike Lake Junction-Harmony Estate-Amorji Nike- Adoration Pilgrimage Centre to Orie Emene road, was constructed on the recommendation of the State Urban Renewal Committee.
With the opening of the road, the government has linked up the heavy traffic from Abakpa Nike with the Emene satellite town. The bypass also opens up development at the Harmony Estate and also provides access to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
The Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, who has his famed adoration ground in Emene and could consider the construction of the road a personal favour described the road a miracle.
Fr. Mbaka said, “this ultra-modern road, before now was a thick forest. The governor started it from the bush clearing to this asphalting level. In fact, this road is a miracle. I dreamt of it, the governor achieved it.”
The governor said that the completion of the entire road project is further indication of his administration’s policy of not abandoning any project.
He explained that the stretch of the road from the airport roundabout to Eke Obinagu in Emene had elevated the status of Emene from a semi-urban city to now an urban city in the Enugu Capital Territory.
Ugwuanyi said he was expecting that the project will open up the local economy through a stimulation of commerce and enhancement of the environment.
Present at the inauguration were the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi, the state Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Ngozi Emehelu, member representing Enugu East/Isi-Uzo Federal Constituency, Cornelius Nnaji, among several others.