Governor Otti Flags Off Okai-Akaeze Rural Road Construction

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The Governor, Dr. Alex Otti, has flagged off the construction of the 19.4km Okai Item – Akaeze rural road project

Speaking while flagging off the road project, Dr Otti stated that the 19.4km road is strategically pertinent to the socio-economic enhancement of the State as it shares an active boundary with Ebonyi State as well as serves as a route to people traveling from the Federal Capital Territory via Enugu State into Abia State.

The Governor represented by his Deputy, Chief Ikechukwu Emetu, said that there is an urgent need to open up rural roads across the state to promote accessibility of agricultural produce, enhance intra and inter-state business relationships as well as strengthen the ease of doing business.

Governor Otti while urging the community to accord the road contractor and his workers maximum support to ensure smooth and uninterrupted execution of the project, commended their unwavering support to the present administration so far and urged them not to relent in this regard.

He assured the people of the Government’s commitment to ensuring a peaceful resolution of the boundary crises between Okai Item in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State and Akaeze Local Government Area of Ebonyi State by the National Boundary Commission.

He further assured that there will be military presence within the area of dispute to maintain peace and forestall the destruction of life and property.

In their separate speeches, the Chairman of Item Traditional Rulers Council, Eze Jerry Akpala Igwe, the host traditional ruler, Eze James Ogbonnaya, the President General, Okai Item Development Association, Mazi Ogechukwu Samuel Ogba, and Bishop Sunday Onuoha of Vision Africa thanked Governor Otti for giving attention to the plight of Item people by the construction of Okai – Akaeze road which will help boost the socio-economic growth of their people and the neighboring communities, including Ugwueke and Igbere.

Uche Madubuike