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Urban Renewal: Abia Seeks Aba Landlords’ Support

Posted: Jul 29, 2015 at 2:40 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emeka Okafor  –  Aba


Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has solicited the cooperation and support of Aba landlords in order to achieve the urban transformation and renewal programme of the state government.

The governor called on Aba landlords to ensure a clean environment as well as desist from erecting buildings on drainages as such buildings would demolished by the urban renewal programme’s task force.

Governor Ikpeazu who spoke at an enlarged meeting with Aba Landlords Forum, held at the Recreation Club Aba at the weekend urged them to assist security agents in the state to rid the city of all forms of criminality in order to ensure safety of lives and properties.

The Governor, represented by a member of the Abia State Economic Team, Mr Sam Hart, said his vision was to ensure it achieved its urban renewal programme in Aba, so as to make the city a destination hub for investment, commerce and industry, which would uplift the lives of the citizens.

He said that the state government was interested in the welfare of its citizenry hence it has mapped out plans to fix the environmental challenges and develop Aba.

He pointed out that government had already awarded 21 road projects, which are ongoing simultaneously, with 14 of them going on in Aba. The governor added that the government would also focus on agriculture, commerce and industry, education, oil and gas, infrastructure, environment, health as well as culture and tourism.

Also the special adviser to the Governor on Aba Urban Renewal, Engr. Solomon Ogunji urged the landlords to help government achieve its urban renewal programme pointing out that the urban renewal of Aba would not be achieved without discipline on the part of the citizens.

He said that the state government was gradually tackling the issue of disilting of drainages in Aba and advised the landlords to follow the purpose clause of their buildings warning that government would soon start demolition of buildings blocking drainage, sanitary and service lanes.

Earlier in his remarks, the President General, Aba Landlords Welfare Association, Dr. Mike Okoro thanked the state government for organising the meeting to interface with the landlords on how to move Aba forward adding that they would give the state government the needed support to achieve its policies.

He called on residents of Aba to exercise patience with the present administration as it had laudable projects for the betterment of Aba.