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Road Expansion: We’ll Demolish More Structures, Otti Reveals

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Reports reaching the desk of The Eastern Updates has it that during the on-going expansion of the 3.5 kilometres Okpara Square in Umuahia, Abia State capital, to Ossah on the Enugu-Umuahia-Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway, more structures will be demolished.

Earlier, to pave the way for the said road expansion, 130 marked structures were demolished with full pre-determined compensations valued at N771 million paid to their owners before works started.

Governor Alex Otti made this disclosure while inspecting the ongoing expansion works, saying that he was informed that more houses/structures were again marked for demolition, but assured that, like the first demolished 130, the owners of the new marked ones must be paid compensation before their structures would be demolished.

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Happy with the contractor’s indication that one side of the road would be ready for commuters’ use during the Christmas season, he noted that with the dry season setting in, the ongoing work would progress on 24 hours daily basis towards the entire work delivery within the 18 months scheduled time frame.

He reiterated that his motivation to expand the road to six lanes from the initial four lanes was informed by the traffic congestions on it, especially during festive seasons, as those familiar with this road know that commuters experienced difficulties during festive seasons.

Meanwhile, Governor Otti of the Labour Party (LP) has commended the verdict of the Court of Appeal justices, who, at the weekend, in Lagos, upheld his election, which the Election Tribunal had affirmed on October 6, 2023.

Otti, in his reaction, yesterday, on the separate appeals filed by his rivals, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC), as well as their governorship candidates, Okey Ahaiwe and Ikechi Emenike, respectively, who challenged his election and its affirmation by the tribunal, described the Court of Appeal justices as deeply thoughtful and fearless in upholding the facts of law in the face of desperate and undemocratic onslaughts geared towards ensuring usurpation of a mandate that is both popular and divine.

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