Aba — Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji Tuesday flagged-off the rehabilitation and construction of 16 roads in Aba, the commercial hub of the state, with a charge to the residents to monitor the quality of work the contractors.
The roads, all in Aba metropolis, include Ngwa road, Nwala by Faulks road, Azikiwe road, Jubilee and Cemetery roads.
Other roads to be worked on are Millerton Avenue, Eziukwu/Okigwe Roundabout, Ama Ogbonna and Ehere Road to Brass junction at Aba Owerri Road.
The others include Ngwa Road, Ohanku which is on-going, Emelogu Road, completed but to be added drainage, Ehere road, Omoba road, Umuola Road, Ikot Ekpene Road from Opobo junction to Bata, Amaogbonna/Omuma by ACCN, Nwigwe by Nwagba Avenue and Geometric assess roads.
Fagging-off the roads, Orji said it was in fulfillment of his promise that he would commence massive road rehabilitation in Aba city.
According to the Governor "we came here to do a great thing. We come to tell Aba people and the zone that we fully come to do the roads in Aba.
"As promised, rainy season has come and we have come to do what we promised. We don't promise and fail. And I want to tell you that it is not only roads we are doing in Aba. We are doing other things".
He recounted how kidnappers almost overran the commercial city, said that his administration fought them and chased them out of Aba and the state in general, a feat he said his government would be remembered for.
Assuring Aba people of his love and readiness to provide infrastructures in the city, the Governor reminded them that a diagnostic centre has been built at the Abia state University Teaching Hospital, Aba, and urged them to go there for their medical attention.
On why he uses "small" contractors, Orji said it was because of the lean resources available to the state, saying that the state could not afford to engage big contractors as Julius Berger, but assured the ones engaged by the state would do good work.
The governor also urged the residents of Aba to cooperate with the contractors and monitor the quality of work they do and complain to him, promising that he would intervene.