The Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, on Wednesday suspended work on a road project along the Ring Road in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state for seven days over security threats.
Umahi disclosed this to journalists at the end of an expanded security meeting held at the new Government House in Abakaliki.
Gunmen had on November 6 abducted five construction workers handling the project.
The firm, Neclan Construction Company, has since petitioned the Inspector- General of Police, over the abduction of its workers.
The governor said the activities on the site would be put on hold for seven days to enable the government to address the problem of insecurity in the area.
He also threatened to shut down any of the ring roads project sites where the security of construction workers and equipment were being threatened.
Umahi said: “Activities on the site are suspended for seven days to enable me clear the issue of security. If the stakeholders fail to abide by what we said, the job will be terminated. I cannot be here and guarantee the security of the lives of the people I am putting on-site; they have to give me that commitment.
“It is just that we don’t listen. We could have had this kind of meeting much earlier before now, and we said for any site to resume, there should be this kind of commitment, and the contractors should have insisted on this commitment from the locals