The minister, who flagged-off the construction at Afor Ogbe junction, said the senator representing Imo East, Mrs. Chris Anyanwu, championed and attracted the construction project.
He said, the contract awarded to Mongrovetech construction Company, has two phases, adding that phase one would cost N2.9 billion, while the second phase involves construction of bridge across Imo River. The first phase, he said, would be completed in 12 months.
According to him, the construction would reduce traffic jam being experienced in Owerri city, adding that it would fast -track economic, agricultural produce activities, urging the rural people to cooperate with the contractor.
In the ceremony witnessed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Imo State Chairman, Chief Eze Duruiheoma, other political party chieftains, monarchs among others, Anyanwu said the idea of constructing the road “makes sense”, stressing that the construction flag-off signified materialisation of an idea, stating that the bridge to be built was destroyed during the war.