ABSG TO COMMENCE EXPANSION WORKS ON OWERRINTA, ONUIMO ROADS, MAKES ZERO POTHOLE INITIATIVE POLICY OF STATE
The Abia State government says it plans to commence construction on the expansion of Owerrinta and Onuimo roads soon in Isialangwa South and Umuahia South respectively.
The Commissioner for Information and Culture, Prince Okey Kanu disclosed this, Monday while briefing journalists in Umuahia on the outcome of this week’s Executive Council Meeting chaired by Governor Alex Otti, OFR.
Prince Kanu assured that in addressing the Owerrinta and Onuimo projects, due process would be followed to manage the displacement of individuals.
He noted that government having drawn from the successful experience with Ossah road, where communities and those affected were handled seamlessly, is committed to replicating the approach in the Owerrinta and Onuimo projects, which he stated would unfold in due course.
The Commissioner emphasized that the smooth execution on Ossah road would serve as the State government’s blueprint for ensuring a similar positive outcome.
The Commissioner said that, “Due process would be followed in terms those who would be displaced by the project. We’ve had an experience with Ossah road and we are aware of how smooth it was at Ossah, how we handled the communities there and and all those who were affected by the new road. The same thing will apply at Onuimo because Ossah road is the first phase, the second phase is Onuimo and that would come up in due course.
Prince Kanu informed that the Governor has turned the State into a massive construction site implementing road projects throughout the three Senatorial Zones of the State.
He said The Zero Pothole Initiative has metamorphosed into a policy of State “The Government has taken a position and it is now a policy that wherever any pothole is seen around the State, it would disappear in a matter of days and that will continue till the end of this administration”
Prince Okey Kanu further said government has commenced the fencing of the Lokpanta Cattle Market and it would soon near completion. He said it is a project that is so dear to government. He added that the Small Town Water Project would commence by first quarter of the year.
On power, the Commissioner said government is taking serious steps in ensuring that the power infracstructure in the State is gotten right. “In terms of power, the government determined to ensure that we get the power sector right because power is a serious enabler for business. In that regard, government will be making some investments in that regard. Sometime early in the year, there will be some distributions of transformers around the State, particularly to the areas that need transformers most” Kanu stated.
He said, the Light Up Abia Initiative has taken route into Ohafia LGA, recalling that government started it in Umuahia, extended it to Aba and now Ohafia, assuring that it would go round the State as time goes on.
Contributing, the commissioner for Power and Public Utilities, Mr Ikechukwu Monday said that plans are on the way to commence the replacement of faulty electricity transformers across the State, assuring that all affected areas would benefit from the gesture.
The Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Mr. Chaka Chukwumerije, Permanent Secretary , Ministry of Information and Culture, Sir Chris Onwuegbu and the State Director of Information, Mrs. Ugoch Ihediwa were present at the briefing.
Azubuike Jinanwa/Divine Nwankwo
Govt. House Press, Umuahia.