Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi yesterday 28 May, opened a completed virgin 13-kilometer road bypass cutting through the thick forests of Umuchigbo Nike community in Enugu East to link up to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport.

The new road traversing five river crossings features lined drains, modern culverts and bridges, and links the high-density Abakpa Nike with the Emene Satellite Town.

Apart from facilitating easy access to the airport for commuters approaching Enugu City from the northern boundary, the road connects other strategic landmarks in the city such as Harmony Estate, Amorji Nike, and Fr. Ejike Mbaka’s Adoration Pilgrimage Centre and up to Orie Emene Road.

Gov. Ugwuanyi noted at the road-opening ceremony that the project was also conceived as an important bypass to ease traffic flow and facilitate interstate vehicular movements through Enugu East Zone.

“The stretch from Airport roundabout to Eke Obinagu in Emene was also duly completed and inaugurated by my administration,” he said.

These infrastructures, he said, were deliberately targeted at “elevating the status of Emene and its environs, hitherto a semi-urban city, to now an urban city within Enugu Capital Territory.”

An elated Fr. Mbaka could not hide his excitement as he showered praises on the Governor for connecting his Adoration Ministries to the City.

He described the road as “unprecedented and a miracle,” for his Pilgrimage Centre.

“I dreamt of it, I envisioned it, the governor achieved it. May God be glorified, and may the governor of Enugu State be blessed in Jesus name, Amen.”

COVER PHOTO: With Ugwuanyi (2nd right) at yesterday’s opening of the 13-km Nike Lake Junction-Harmony Estate-Amorji Nike-Adoration Pilgrimage Centre-Orie Emene road, are (from right), State Assembly Speaker Edward Ubosi, Rev. Fr. Mbaka, State Chief Judge Priscilla Ngozi Emehelu, House of Representatives Member Cornelius Nnaji, and State PDP Party Chair, Augustine Nnamani