Obiano did not inherit 96 roads from Peter Obi – Ex-commissioner

Peter Obi

Joe-Martins Uzodike, a former Anambra State Commissioner for Information during the administration of Peter Obi, has said that the incumbent Willie Obiano administration lied by claiming that it inherited 96 roads from his predecessor when in actual fact he inherited only 52 roads.

Mr Uzodike was reacting to a documentary by the Obiano administration which was aired on many electronic media as well as published in newspapers.

He said that the documentary claimed Obiano inherited 96 roads from Mr Obi, out of which 51 had been completed and that he went ahead to  award 179 roads himself out of which many have been completed and the remaining ones in various stages of completion.

Uzodike said in a statement on Friday that the totality of such wild claims which must have culminated in Obiano saying that he had completed over 1,000 kilometres of roads did not concern him as such should be left to the people of the state to judge if the governor was being truthful.

“I do not know why they decided to double the number, but my interest is to correct factual details. It is on record, and I have the records, that Obi inherited 13 roads from Ngige which he completed, went on to construct 230 completed roads and left 48 for Obiano, out of which I am aware he has not done up to 5 per cent. Even at that, before he left, Obi paid all the contractors and suppliers for the certificates they generated, which means he did not owe a single contractor,” he said.

On the claim that the roads Obiano inherited from Obi are liabilities, Uzodike said: “I have followed the debate on road, where they tried in vain to categorised roads yet to be done as liabilities. I am waiting to see how he will end, because, beyond their lies, Obiano has not completed up to 5 per cent of the roads he inherited from Obi, has not evidently done 10 per cent of the roads he flagged of himself in different towns and will surely not achieve 12 per cent by the time he will hand over. The way it is now, there is hardly a town in the state that does not have a road flagged of without mobilisation or a trip of sand tipped on it.”

On the bridges, Uzodike said that most of the bridges mentioned in the documentary were bridges that are still in the stages Obi left them.