Governor Otti To Flag Off Reconstruction Of Two Roads In Abia North Senatorial Zone

...in keeping with the state government 's strategic road infrastructure revolution

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Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti, OFR will on this week , flag off the construction of the 30 kilometers Arochukwu – Ndiokereke – Ozuabam road and the 11.5 kilometers Nunya -Eluama -Isuikwuato road a week later on the 26th of this month.

The Commissioner for Information and Culture, Prince Okey Kanu disclosed this while briefing the press in Government House Umuahia, on the outcome of this week’s Executive Council meeting presided over by this Governor Alex Otti, OFR. The Commissioner said,

“This is in keeping with the State government ‘s strategic road infrastructure development Initiative. Of course , roads are serious enablers for a good business environment and the State government will not relent in ensuring that roads in the State are put in very good motorable condition”.

The Commissioner also announced that the State government has fixed Saturday, 23rd March for the monthly sanitation exercise, for this month,explaining that the last Saturday of the month would be Easter Saturday, hence the need to clean up the environment ahead of Easter .

Prince Okey Kanu also made it public that the State Executive Council has approved the payment of bursary awards to Abia State indigenes in Law Schools across the nation. This he said is in keeping with the high premium the State government places on education.

He further said that the State government has approved the renovation and retrofitting of 170 primary schools which translates to 10 primary schools per LGA. He said this is in addition to 6 model schools that were already being renovated.
He added that, 51 secondary schools have also been approved for renovation and this translates to 3 schools per LGA across the State.

“The schools will have some features that make them modern schools. They would have staff Quarters , Care takers house , the Head Teacher’s house, and a gate house .The primary Schools, of course would have Nurseries . This again is in keeping with the promise to Abians.”

The Commissioner announced regrettably that WAEC has delisted some schools in Abia over examination malpractices. He said that most of the schools are private schools.

According to the Commissioner, though the Government is not happy over the development, the action is however , in line with the policy of the present administration to do things right.

Contributing, the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eme Uche, stated that,
“You remember there was a time we started checking private schools and closed down those that did not meet the required standards . Some of them are special centres and we know that. Some of those special centres have been identified by WAEC and we are not happy about that. So what they have done was to first warn, and then threaten the affected schools with sanctions including the withdrawal of their license to operate.

” Remember that some CBT centres were shut down in Aba and they were shut down
because of the issue of examination malpractices . We don’t want Abia to be known as a centre for examination malpractices. However , we’ve been able to reopen most of them.”

Prof. Uche revealed that the value of the bursary award is
62 Million Naira and emphasised that it was based on the request of the students which the Governor graciously approved.