Abia State Will Regain Her Status In The Comity Of States… Dr Alex Otti

...never again will the people go back to Egypt.

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The Abia state Governor, His Excellency, Dr. Alex Otti, OFR has invited some prominent Nigerians to join him in the commissioning of some roads recently reconstructed by his administration as part of activities marking his one year in office.

The intinerary says on Friday,the 24th May, 2024, His Royal Majesty, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe,CFR,MNI , the Obi of Onitsha will commission
the Old Court Road and Kent/ Ehi Road, in Aba .

On Tuesday,28th May,2024,His Excellency, Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu will commission University Road, College Road and Green Avenue , all in Aba.

Similarly, on Wednesday 29th May 2024, His Excellency, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (rtd.) GCON, former Chief of General Staff of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will commission Ossa Road in Umuahia .

The commissioning of the aforementioned roads by these prominent Nigerians is in keeping with Governor Alex Otti’s road infrastructure agenda for the development of Aba as the commercial nerve centre of the South East and Umuahia as a befitting capital city.

Abia State Governor, Dr Alex Otti during the first commissioning assured Abians that under the present adminstration, the state will regain her status in the comity of states

across the country adding that never again will the people go back to Egypt.

Governor Otti stated this during the Commissioning of the Old Court and Kent/ Ehi road Aba by the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe.

He emphasized that his administration is people centric noting that the most important part of governance is to work for the overall betterment of the people.

The Governor while recalling the horrible state of the road before it’s construction, said he was moved to intervene on the road despite not being in the original list of roads to be reconstructed and expressed happiness over the completion of the roads in barely three months.

“When I came here in February, I came to inspect Port Harcourt Road and I wanted to see what was happening at Ndoki Road and from there I walked through this place and the old Court road and what I saw shocked me.

“I knew the situation was bad but I didn’t know it was that bad and I saw people who were resilient with a lot of energy sweeping through the pond which should have been a road to access their shops and their places of livelihood

“I was moved and I said even though this was not in the original list of priority projects for us , this road had to be done. That is the Genesis of this road.

I gave instructions that I wanted this road fixed and I wanted it to be fixed the way our roads are fixed. I am happy that three months down the line the roads are now standing”, the Governor noted.

He highlighted that the quality of the roads were done according to high quality standards and specification, thanked the contractor, supervisors as well as the Direct Labour Agency of the Ministry of Works for collaborating to ensure timely delivery.

Governor Otti who used the opportunity to announce that his administration would next month commence the reconstruction of the Enyimba Hotel Aba as a Five Star Hotel
said, “the hotel is going to be a Five Star Hotel.

“On the hill of the hotel will be a convention center and then across the hotel by the waterside will be a state of the art park and gardens.

“All these are geared towards making Aba one of the best cities in the Southeast, if not Nigeria”.

While emphasizing the his government came prepared to govern, Governor Otti stated that he is opening industrial layouts in the state in addition to empowering the private sector to work and create employment opportunities for the people and called on manufacturers and industrialists to come back and invest in the state.

Speaking while commissiong the road, the Obi of Onitsha Igwe Alfred Achebe said that Governor Otti is God sent to transform Abia after 24 years of misrule, noting that since the past one year Abians have witnessed remarkable changes under Governor Alex Otti.

Igwe Achebe noted that Aba in the years past was known as the center for Industry, creativity and commerce and implored all to support Governor Otti to restore the past glory of the commercial City.

Also speaking, the Speaker Abia House of Assembly Mr Emmanuel Emeruwa appreciated the Governor for his efforts in revamping Aba the economic hub and assured that the House will keep supporting him to fully realize his development agenda for the state.

In his remarks, the mayor of Aba South LGA Chief Uche Nwogu while thanking Governor Alex Otti for his giant strides in office, appealed to him to ensure that Ohanku and Uratta roads are given due attention.

In an address earlier, the Commissioner for works Mr Otumchere Oti said that the old court road was earlier impassable before the Governor’s directive for its reconstructed three months ago, adding that the road with 561 meters long links Ehi road by Ngwa road with street lights and was done through direct Labour by Engineers from the state Ministry of Works.

He said that the 1.2km Kent by Ehi road was done by a reputable construction firm and was carefully done to ensure free flow of traffic, enhance socio -economic development and boost the state’s IGR while urging residensts to safeguard the infrastructure.