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In a resolute effort to rehabilitate various roadways in Abia State, Governor Alex Otti is set to kickstart the reconstruction of 6.8 kilometers of Port Harcourt Road in Aba, the state’s bustling economic hub, on Thursday, October 12, 2023.
Prince Okey Kanu, the Commissioner for Information and Culture, shared this information during a media interaction in Umuahia.
He indicated that the contract has been assigned to a renowned construction company, Julius Berger, while emphasising that other road projects across the state are also entrusted to highly regarded construction firms.
The commissioner addressed journalists while providing details on the results of this week’s executive council meeting, which was chaired by the state’s leader, Alex Otti.
According to his statement, Port Harcourt Road had long been in a state of disrepair, and he stressed that Governor Alex Otti managed to achieve in just four months what previous administrations couldn’t accomplish over many years.
Kanu listed several roads in Aba, including Umuimo, Udeagbala, MCC, and Old Expressway, as roads that have reached the point of being ready for commissioning.
He confirmed that the progress of Operation Zero Potholes in Umuahia is on track, and the demolition work for the Okpara Square-Ossah-Abia Tower expansion has reached 80 percent.
He stated that Governor Otti has converted both Aba and Umuahia into dynamic construction sites, with upcoming projects including asphalt surfacing on Uzuakoli Road and the rehabilitation of Alayi-Ozuitem Road.
The Information Commissioner pointed out that the Abia State Executive Council, during its deliberations, disapproved of the prevalence of street trading in major cities, with a specific focus on Aba. The government has issued a clear warning that this practice will not be allowed to persist, and the overseeing committee will ensure strict adherence to the ban on street trading.
He explained that the Aba International Trade Fair, scheduled to kick off on Thursday, has the primary goal of gathering SMEs to demonstrate the state’s capabilities to the world. ACCIMA is in partnership with the government to guarantee the event’s substantial achievement.
Furthermore, the Abia Information Commissioner disclosed that Abia, as a result of its involvement in the Abuja trade fair, has been entrusted with the task of supplying combat boots to the Nigerian Police.
Engr. Ikechukwu Monday, the Commissioner for Power and Public Utilities, clarified that his ministry is actively collaborating with the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EDDC) to reinstate electricity services to all government institutions that were formerly disconnected from the national grid due to overdue electricity bill payments.
He highlighted that these efforts have resulted in the reconnection of several government facilities, and private enterprises will also reap the benefits of this initiative, fostering business growth in the state.
Answering questions from journalists, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties, Dr( Mrs) Betty Obasi said a lot of activities have been mapped out to celebrate the 2023 World Sight Day with the theme ‘Loving your eyes at your place of work’ tomorrow, Thursday 12th.