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Aba Residents Hail Govt’s Emphasis on Road Construction

Posted: Jul 21, 2015 at 7:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emeka Okafor  – Aba


Residents of Aba are in high spirit as the commercial city gradually begins to wear new look. 

The joyous disposition of the people is coming on the heels of ongoing demolition of illegal structures within the city to enable expansion of some major roads.

Residents who spoke to Daily Independent at various road projects sites credited their joy to the reality on ground against previous experiences where road contracts were executed without determination.

At the Old Expressway project by Faulks Road, Mr. Chinedu Njoku, a trader at the Ariaria International Market, though he lost part of his stall to the expansion work,  expressed happiness at the level of seriousness the contracting firm was handling the project.

He said, “In fact, I am happy not minding that part of my shop was among the shops demolished, my interest is for the government to ensure the completion of the project as it will further create a more conducive business environment around the market”.

Mrs. Rose Kalu, a resident of Umule Ring Road said that the perennial flooding and deplorable nature of the road had become a thing of the past for residents and motorists that use the road.

According to her, “The past state of this road had been a source of nightmare to residents, but today, we are going to heave a sigh of relief. We thought the announcement by the State government was another of such promises that was never fulfilled. Our greatest joy is that the road is coming with drainages.”

On a recent inspection tour of the projects, Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu expressed satisfaction with the extent and quality of work done on the various road projects awarded in parts of the state by his administration.

Among the roads inspected by the Governor during the visit were Udeagbala Road, Omni, Umuojima, Kamalu, Old express and Ukaegbu roads all in Aba as well as Agbama, Low cost, International conference centre Road and the Abam by Niger street in Umuahia.

Answering questions from newsmen after inspecting the progress of work on some road projects in Aba and Umuahia, the governor said that he was optimistic that at least 80 percent of the road projects or more will be completed within the first 100 days of his government. The Governor who reiterated that his government will run on 100 day cycles to be able to take a retrospective view of its performance said the inspection visit was meant to find a mid mark.

According to him, his administration will roll out new policies on the maintenance of public facilities in the state to prevent the bastardisation of public facilities, pointing out that the era of washing cars on the roads is over in the state.

He disclosed that all the roads under construction will come with street lights and markings. He also said that having light on the roads had an economic importance as it would help traders on night trading.

Dr Ikpeazu said the emphasis on the roads in Aba was on drainage to ensure that they stood the test of time.