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The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti has assured the people of the state of his commitment to leverage on gas in Ukwa to generate electricity.
He spoke while inaugurating the 1.2 kilometre Umuokomiri-Obehie ring road in Ukwa West reconstructed by Abia State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ASOPADEC) on Monday.
According to Dr. Otti, the road had been a work in progress for a long time before he appointed the General Manager of ASOPADEC, Dr. Joshua Onyeike, who took it up and finished the project within a short period.
He appreciated the general manager for the water projects ASOPADEC was carrying out and described him as a man of capacity.
The governor, who vowed to leverage on the presence of gas in Ukwa to generate electricity for the people, said his government would at the end of this month perform a groundbreaking ceremony of Abia Innovation and Industrial Park in Owaza.
He said the park, which would house manufacturing, oil and gas companies, refinery and other concerns would enjoy 90 per cent funding by the private sector, while his administration would contribute 10 per cent.
He said the money to be used in setting up the park was already available.
Ukwa West Labour Party Chairman, Elder I. O. Dike and President General, Asa Development Union, Dr. Ikechukwu Ajuzieogu, described Ukwa West as the treasure base of the state.
He appealed to the governor to fulfil the campaign promises he made to their people, including reviving Ogwe Golden Chicken project, empowering their people and completing the reconstruction of Ugwati-Obokwe-Oberete road, among others.