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Jubilation In Aba As Ikpeazu Inspects Road Projects

Posted: Jul 15, 2015 at 12:20 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emeka Okafor, Aba

RESIDENTS of Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia State, have expressed joy as Gover Okezie Ikpeazu commences inspection of ongoing projects in the city.

The inspection followed the demolition of illegal structures within the city to enable expansion of some major roads.

Some of the residents who spoke to Daily Independent at various road projects, attributed their joy to the reality on ground, as against the previous experiences where road contracts were executed any how.

Speaking at Old Expressway dual carriage way road project by Faulks

Road, a trader within Ariaria International Market, who lost part of

his stall, Chinedu Njoku, expressed happiness over the level of

seriousness the contracting firm is handling the project.

“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.”

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

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

However, Ikpeazu has 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, Ikpeazu said he was optimistic that at least 80 per cent of the road projects or more would be completed within the first 100 days of his government.

The governor who reiterated that his government would 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 would 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 would come with street lights and markings explaining that having light on the roads had an economic importance as it would help traders on night trading.

Ikpeazu said the emphasis on the roads in Aba was on drainage to ensure that they last and charged the contractors handling the project to hasten work so as to complete them in the next 50 days.