Milliken Hill road, otherwise known as Old Onitsha road has been re-opened and commissioned by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

Popular and historic Milliken hill road has finally been re-opened as a large crowd from Enugu-Ngwo and environ came forth to welcome the Enugu State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

The  crowd started converging as early as 9am local time to witness the re-opening of the historical road named after the head mining engineer, Mr Milliken in 1928 after the settlement of Europeans during the discovery of coal in Ngwo Enugu .

Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi made history as being the first Nigerian Government official to renovate and reconstruct the road since it was hand-built by European settlers  decades ago.

In a speech of appreciation, former Minister Of Foreign Affairs, Chief Dubem Onyia, extolled the Governor for keeping to his promise to renovate the road if he became governor. Chief Dubem who is a native of Enugu-Ngwo community told the cheering crowd that the Governor had long promised to fix the road even before he became a Governor. He stated; ” the governor had told me while on a trip to my house that he would fix this road if he ever became Governor”.

In a show of gratitude and appreciation to the Governor for fixing the road for the first time in over 3 decades, the Enugu-Ngwo community led by its President-General, John Enwu presented a live, full-size cow to Governor Ugwuanyi who had earlier been bestowed the most sacred traditional title as OKA OMEE 11 of Ngwo.

John Enwu, PG Enugu-Ngwo

The President-General told lodega.com that the hardship of daily commutation by commuters and that of the community has been  greatly mitigated by the Enugu state government. He also called on the State Governor, Ugwuanyi to grant permission for the installation of speed bumps to reduce speed as the road had claimed over seven lives since its renovation.

The PG further stated that he hoped Governor Ugwuanyi would be around to commission the water project which the community has embarked on in support of the government’s 4 point agenda. The project which is over 90% completed has gulped over N50 million.

The Milliken Hill road will now serve as the major road for commuters and travelers going through Enugu, Anambra and some parts of Northern Nigeria since the total collapse of the Enugu–Onitsha express road which become impassable in recent time.

 

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