My Objective Is To Develop Aba To Be A Modest City, Says Abia Alex Otti

...As He Commissions Three Roads In Aba

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Abia State Governor,Dr. Alex Otti, OFR has formally commissioned three newly reconstructed roads in Aba including, Udeagbala Road, Umuimo Road and MCC/Old Express Road.

Commissioning the road projects in Aba in company of the General Overseer, Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministry, Pastor Lazarus Mouka, Governor Alex Otti described the roads as strategic, saying that the Udeagbala and Umuimo roads in particular are more or less alternative from the Enugu-Port harcourt road into the busy Aba-Owerri road and to ABSUTH road while the MCC/Old Express Road would boost the economy of Aba, the commercial nerve centre of the State

According the Governor, “one of the promises we made to Ndi Abia in our manisfesto is that when elected as Governor, we shall work tirelessly to mobilize and deploy the necessary resources to drive the wholistic infrastructural development of Aba”

Governor Otti stated that his objective “is to develop Aba to be a modest city

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that supports contemporary and traditional businesses ,family lives and leisure activities.” He said that the commissioning was significant as “it is a way of letting Abians in general and Ndi Aba in particular appreciate how deeply committed we are to fulfilling the promises that won us the enduring support of the people even in the face of heart rendering disappointments and frustrations ”

He added that the commissioning ceremony “is a way of announcing to the world, to businesses at home and oversees that the wholistic restoration of Aba has begun making it known to serving investors that the moment they have long waited for is here”

He maintained that “our motivation in government is to create a right environment for individuals to live out the full expressions of their dreams, support the growth of enterprises and set up a save haven legitimately profitable and sustainable investments ” He emphasised that “restoring the networks of urban roads in Aba and Umuahia for us was a strategic take off point. Our convinction is that quality roads are not just critical for quick movement of people but are indicative of determininstion of the Government to welcome people and businesses, enhance trade and commerce and open new frontiers of low cost production in ways tjst support micro, small and medium scale enterprise ”

The State Chief Executive, who saluted the speed and quality of work delivered by the three construction companies engaged in the projects expressed satisfaction with the speed the road expansion work in Ossah-Okpara Square-Umuahia road is going and remarked thus; “we are working with these resource rich construction firms because of their economic and social importance of all the roads in question. We are very careful not to repeat the mistakes of the past which saw the State losing huge sums of money to construction outfits”

He assured that no part of the State would be neglected in his road construction policies , disclosing that already a few rural roads have been awarded for construction and assured the people of his commitment to making them happy by delivering more quality works.

Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Works, Engr. Otumchere Oti said that the roads were of good quality with drainages and solar- powered street lights. He said that the Governor was commissioning another three roads after doing same about seven weeks ago , emphasising that such record would be difficult to beat. He charged the beneficiaries of the roads to protect them .

In his goodwull message at Umuimo road, the acting Medical Director, Abia State Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH), Prof. John Chikezie , whose institution is one of the beneficiaries of the road, commended Governor Alex Otti for fixing the road, saying the road was strategic for them in ABSUTH. He added that the staff of ABSUTH are happy with the Governor for not only fixing the road but for making their salaries regular while the workers’ morale is high.

In their various speeches on behalf of residents and business owners in the areas, the President, Aba Chamber of Çommerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture (ACCIMA) , Chief Jerry Kalu and an industrialist, Ideh John Udeagbala thanked God for using Governor Otti to revive businesses in Aba and assured him of their prayers and continuos support.