The Governor Dr Okezie lkpeazu has commended the Federal Government for its efforts towards addressing the huge infrastructural gap in the road network sector across the country.
Dr. lkpeazu who made the commendation during the commissioning and handover of a 2.1 kilometre road constructed by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing at the National Institute of Nigeria languages (NINLAN), Aba thanked President Mohammed Buhari for his decision to repair the internal road network of the institute as well as enhance its aesthetics.
The Governor represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu called the attention of the Federal Government on the slow pace of work on the repair of federal roads in the State such as the Opobo Azumini road, the Araria axis of the Aba-Port Harcourt Express way and Umuahia lkot Ekpene Highway as these roads are very critical to the economic development of the State.
He disclosed that the State Government has continued to address the road infrastructural deficit in the State by embarking on the construction and rehabilitation of many critical and strategic roads as part of her efforts to restore the glory of Aba and other cities, disclosing that many of these roads have been successfully completed with rigid cement technology and put into use while others are ongoing.
In his address, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola represented by the Federal Controller Federal Ministry of Works, Abia State, Mr. B. U. Obioha disclosed that the President Mohammed Buhari’s led Government is gradually addressing the infrastructural needs of Nigerians through repairs, and construction of major highways, adding that there are over twenty nine completed intervention projects with seventeen already handed over in 2020
Presenting his address, the Executive Director of NINLAN, Prof Obiajulu Emejulu who described the road intervention as unprecedented and appreciated the State Governor, Dr. Okezie lkpeazu for recently approving a big expance of land for the Institute’s co-operative Society and Mass Housing Scheme.
Our Government House Correspondent Mercy Kalu reports that the event which featured the conferment of chieftaincy title of Ekwueme 1 of Akumaimo Ancient Kingdom on the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola by the Traditional Ruler of Akumaimo Ancient Kingdom, Eze Wilson Onwunali attracted the presence of the Deputy Chief of Staff Office of the Deputy Governor Sir Don Ubani, the Chairman of Obingwa LGA, Mr. Michael lbeh and his lsiala Ngwa South counterpart Chief lyke Anyatonwu, Traditional Rulers and stakeholders in the education sector.