Appalling Enugu-Onitsha Expressway: Nigerian Engineers Berate Lawmakers

The Nigerian Society Engineers (NSE) has taken a swipe at the nation’s policy makers for the deplorable state of the Enugu-Onitsha expressway.

This was the position of Sir Chris Okoye, a guest lecturer at the maiden edition of Engineer Emeka Muoma Ezeh annual public lectures series instituted by Awka branch of the Nigerian society of Engineers (NSE).

Speaking on the lecture theme, "A case for good governance: The role of the procurement process," Okoye said that good governance could only be sustained in an atmosphere where strong institutions thrive.
He observed that since 1999, the federal government has been putting money into the Enugu-Onitsha road with no commensurate result.

Said he: “The amount of money the federal government has put into the Enugu-Onitsha road does not equate the work done. Our legislatures and other political leaders should explain why it is so. If you go to federal government officials they tell you the amount of money they have put in the South east is more than the amount they have put in other zones in road construction. So, one begins to wonder where the money goes to. The answer is that money has been going to the legislators at the national level, who use the money for their selfish ends.”

Okoye blamed the federal law makers and other political leaders in the area for the problem, alleging that they were diverting the allocation for the road for other selfish use.

The renowned civil engineer said that transparent procurement process would not only fight corruption, but also ensure good governance in the country.
Okoye said, “Three drivers of good governance include due process, outcome and impact of the outcome. It is important that we adhere strictly to due process.
“The linkage between good governance and sustainable development cannot be over emphasised.”

At the lecture, which was also in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of NSE, Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, who was represented at the function by his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, said the state government was working to eliminate wasteful spending through prioritisation of the needs of the people.
The governor said it is doing so, using transparent procurement process, and that when the practice is gotten right, good governance would automatically have been enthroned.

Okeke said the Obiano administration had demonstrated commitment to transparent procurement process through the institution of the Tender’s Board to eliminate waste.
Okeke while delivering the keynote address insisted that societies that were not striving for good governance were doomed.

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