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The Abia State government has announced its readiness to commence palliative repairs on the damaged sections of the Aba-Obigbo Expressway, aiming to alleviate the current hardships faced by commuters using this federal highway.
In a bid to enhance transportation infrastructure, the state government is gearing up to launch extensive palliative projects on the Umuahia-Ohafia and Umuahia-Uzuakoli roads, while continuing their work on the streets and roads within Umuahia.
In a recent update given during the Executive Council meeting, Prince Okey Kanu, the State Commissioner for Information and Culture, shared that Governor Alex Otti’s talks with Chief David Umahi, the Minister of Works, during the minister’s recent visit to the State, led to the decision to initiate these road repairs.
Prince Kanu also revealed that the commissioning of four newly built roads in Aba—Jubilee, Umuimo, Old Express, and Udeagbala roads—will take place promptly once the installation of street lights is completed.
Dr. Chimezie Ukaegbu, Commissioner for Trade and Investment, elaborated on Abia’s involvement in the upcoming 18th Abuja Trade Fair, which is set for the 6th of this month. Delegates will focus on promoting the state’s potential and attracting investors.
Dr. Chimezie Ukaegbu made it clear that the Abia delegates, having secured accreditation, are bona fide traders who will effectively represent the state and showcase its immense potential.
When asked, Mr. Kenechukwu Nwosu, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, shared that the government is actively strategising to retake possession of school lands that had been encroached upon by individuals in the past.
He highlighted that the government’s role in the education sector will be determined by the outcomes of a NEEDS assessment, and he also mentioned that the government has introduced community-based policing to ensure the protection of school infrastructure against vandalism.
He stated that the Governor has instructed the Ministry of Education to kickstart the task of mapping school boundaries, working closely with the communities.
Mr. Kingsley Agomuoh, the General Manager of UCDA, provided feedback by stating that the state is carrying out the demolition along Ossah – Abia Tower express with a people-centric approach. He also mentioned that individuals yet to receive compensation might need to verify their bank details.