The State Government has observed with dismay, the activities of criminal elements who are engaged in the nefarious act of vandalizing street light poles and iron rods used for drainage works in Aba and selling them as scrap.
It also observed that this act is being perpetrated by metal scrap dealers (akpakara) with the help of cart pushers.
A release by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Okey Ahiwe says Government considers this action as economic sabotage and will not sit back and watch criminal elements sabotage public infrastructure in the State.
According to the release, the Governor has directed security agencies in the State to strengthen the security of public infrastructure in the State and fish out the perpetrators of this heinous crimes and bring them to book.
It also adds that the Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, is also directed to immediately take steps to set up a task force to ensure that business of scrap dealing in Abia State is sanitized.