Governor Alex Otti’s Activities In Retrospect

...recap of some of the Governor’s activities last week- Sunday 10th March to March 16th, 2024

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The Governor started the week with a worship service on Sunday at the Redeemed Christian of God Aba –Owerri Road, Aba. He thanked the Church members for their prayers and support for his administration and called on the congregation to help the government keep Aba clean.

Governor Otti, chaired the weekly State Executive Council Meeting. Briefing the press on some of the outcomes of the meeting, the Abia State Commissioner for Information said that the State Government has taken steps towards strengthening its monitoring and evaluation unit for effective monitoring of all projects being executed in the State under the present administration. “As a responsible and responsive government, that is the way to go to ensure that all government initiatives and projects are executed in a manner that would ensure that resources of the State are optimally deployed to achieve the best outcomes that would ensure dividends of democracy for all Abians and residents in line with all government programs and policies,” Mr. Kanu explained.

The State’s information Boss also informed that the administration of Governor Alex Otti is currently embarking on a total of 27 road projects across the State and assured that Abians would continue to witness massive road infrastructure development as one of the key drivers of the economy. He also informed that actions have been taken to restore normalcy at Abia State University (ABSU) after a conflict between two rival groups resulted to the death of a student.

The Governor visited the burnt section of the Ehere Market in Obingwa Local Government Area which was gutted by fire on Monday 11th March. He stressed the need for the markets in the State to be properly designed and built to allow for ease of movement, especially in the event of emergencies like fire outbreaks, etc. Speaking during the visit Governor Otti said that assessment would be done to ascertain the level of damage caused by the fire incident. In his words, “What we will do is to assess the level of damage. We will also through the Mayor begin the process of rebuilding this place.

“So I’m giving an instruction to the Mayor to assess the level of damage and begin the process of rebuilding, bring down all those ramshackle buildings and build proper shops for all of you.”

He also visited an accident scene in Ogborhill Aba where a trailer skidded off the main road and crashed into a business building. No life was lost in the accident as the driver of the trailer and his conductor were pulled out of the wrecked vehicle alive.

Gov. Otti within the week received the management of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU) led by the Vice Chancellor Professor Maduebibisi Iwe. Gov. Otti used the opportunity to charge the management of the university to ascertain the real cause of the recent protest by students of the institution, which led to the closure of the school. He said this will help to forestall future similar unrest. “Let’s find out what exactly is the reason for the protest, I think it turned out violent. Let’s do a thorough investigation to know the root cause and deal with it from the root,” he advised.

He promised to look into some of the requests made by the management of the school which include the court case instituted against the university by the Abia State Internal Revenue Service two years ago by the previous administration on account of unremitted PAYE; engaging the university and its border communities in resolving issues militating against the chances of the university getting the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) for its land, and working with the management of the University to establish the agric business incubation centre which the university management said would soon be established in the school.

The Governor also received the management of Clifford University in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of Abia State led by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Chimezie Omeonu. They applauded the Governor for his giant strides in office within the short period that he has been in office. The Vice Chancellor described Governor Otti as someone whom God has brought to help Abia this time. In his vote of thanks, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Mavalla Ayuba thanked Gov. Otti for giving them time and the opportunity to interact with them. He described his mission in Abia State as a Ministry. “Thank you for giving us attention. May God bless your ministry. I consider it a ministry because we don’t hear much about other States, it is like Abia State and others,” Dr. Ayuba said.

The Governor also visited the Burnt Office of CHISCO Transport Company at Milverton Avenue Aba. While inspecting the carcass of burnt vehicles, other items and parts of the building housing the bus terminal of CHISCO Transport Company, he announced a possible relocation of the motor parks along Milverton Avenue, Aba, to a more conducive area to allow for ease of movement. In his words, “And I think it’s time we relocated the parks to a more spacious place. We can’t have everybody clustering in a place. This is a recipe for disaster, and I know that there are parks around Osisioma, part of Port Harcourt Road. We are going to go and have a look at them and ensure that we relocate a lot of these vehicles to the parks so that it could be easy for us to move if there is any incident.”

He directed that henceforth, every business facility in the state should have fire extinguishers installed on their premises to contain fire outbreaks. He also said that his administration had purposed to procure additional fire trucks to complement what is available in Aba.