Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has mentioned he has improved the town of Aba from the poor state of infrastructure he met on floor when he assumed workplace in 2015.
He disclosed that a lot of the roads had been deserted for over 20 years as bushes began rising in them whereas others had been usually flooded all via the 12 months.
In line with him, the flood waters had been sitting on the roads for over 15 years and he needed to undertake cement pavement expertise to the roads with drainages on each side to make sure sturdiness.
Ikpeazu, who said this whereas addressing members of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, who toured venture websites of his administration in Aba, defined that he was greeted in workplace with problems with safety and unhealthy roads which led to traders retreating from the town.
He, nonetheless, said that he was targeted on constructing roads resulting in markets and different financial centres to spice up small and medium scale enterprises, oil and fuel and agro based mostly industries within the state.
The governor additional said that for the primary time in 30 years, he opened up Faulks Highway (Sam Mbakwe Rd) resulting in the Ariaria Worldwide Market from Brass Junction to the Enugu –Port Harcourt Expressway.
In his phrases: “In 2015, we began our journey to Authorities Home, Umuahia, and thought of how finest we may enhance the lives of Abia individuals. We got here with the necessity to assist commerce and commerce, small scale manufacturing, oil and fuel, agriculture, training and people different sectors our individuals have comparative benefit in.
“At the moment, we had problems with insecurity and poor infrastructure. There was no street to Aba. I as soon as tried attending to Ikot Ekpene in Akwa Ibom state and it took me 5 hours for a journey not often past one hour. So, I knew that Aba was steadily ebbing away.
“The merchants at Ariaria market weren’t making a lot gross sales as a result of there was no street main into Aba and even Ariaria. Because of this we got here with a coverage of reconstructing roads resulting in such financial centres of nice significance to our state. If you wish to jumpstart the financial system of Aba, you need to discover a method to permit our brothers from Akwa Ibom and Cross River states to entry the town. Then, you need to additionally discover a means for individuals coming from Port Harcourt and Bayelsa to come back into Aba. The primary triplet of roads we commissioned throughout the first 100 days: Ukaegbu, Umuola and Ehere, had been roads that may ease you into Aba. I needed to do one other street via Ekwereazu which takes you into Akwa Ibom state from Aba in simply 40 minutes. And for the primary time in 30 years, we additionally did Faulks (Sam Mbakwe) Highway resulting in the Ariaria worldwide market from Brass Junction to the Expressway. We did these roads to ease entry to financial centres.
“You could have heard a couple of sure ‘mammy water’ that was rumoured to be behind the perennial flooding at Ama Ikonne and Ifeobara pond, despite the fact that that was a laughable narrative in direction of the reason for the flooding, let me announce to you that each one the ‘mammy waters’ have now disappeared courtesy of hitech engineering works we deployed to the involved spots. And with this, we knew we’ve made a press release over time.
“It isn’t that those that got here earlier than me didn’t try fixing the roads, however the roads they did failed after simply the primary wet season. The explanation was that they didn’t do adequate research and deep planning about what actually wanted to be performed to resolve the issues as to why the roads saved failing nearly Irredeemably”.
The Governor said that together with his deal with high quality infrastructure, he has boosted commerce and commerce and returned traders to Aba.