Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Orji Launches Rehabilitation, Construction of 16 Roads in Aba

Gov. Theodore Orji of Abia on Tuesday launched the rehabilitation and construction 16 road projects in Aba as part of his promise to give the city a face-lift.

The roads are: Ngwa Road, Azikiwe, Cemetery, Nwala by Faulks, Brass by Aba-Owerri Jubilee, Milverton, Eziukwu to Azikiwe, Amaogbonna to ACCM Headquarters and Ehere.

The others include: Umuola, Ikot-Ekpene Road to Opobo Junction to Batta, Umuoba and Access Road to Geometric.

Orji had assured the residents that as soon as the dry season set in massive road reconstruction in Aba would commence to reduce the people's suffering.

"We have come to match our words with actions," he said.

He, however, said bad roads were not the only problem confronting the city, noting that government was still sustaining security challenges in Aba.

The governor announced that the Geometric Power Plant would come on stream next year to boost electricity supply in the city.

He urged the people to access adequate medicare with the diagnostic equipment at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, provided by the government.

He said that the State Government would continue to be proactive in its responsibility to the people with the financial resources at its disposal.

Orji explained that his administration was constrained with the resources from both the federation account and internally-generated revenue.

He said that the state received N3.5 billion monthly from the federation account and spent N2.5 billion to pay the salaries of civil servants alone.

He urged the people to continue to support his administration to ensure more dividends of democracy.

Chief Kingsley Mgbeahuru, the Commissioner for Works, said the government was also desilting Aba drainage.

He said they included Okigwe Road through Aba Sports Club to Aba River and Ukwu Apou through Umuocham Road to Aba River, to further give the city a face-lift.

He said that government had constructed some roads in Aba, noting that they included Old Express, Danfodio, Emelogu Park to Azikiwe, Aba South Council headquarters to Fire Service and Batta to Old Post office.

The others are: Howel Crescent, Railway Crossing to Abia Hotels and Ugwu Mango Roads.

He assured that government would provide the people with infrastructural facilities to enable them to enjoy the dividends of democracy.

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