‘Why Ikpeazu is battling infrastructure decay’ (READ)


Ben Onyechere, a former Special Assistant to Second Republic Vice President Dr. Alex Ekwueme, on Monday debunked claims that Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu was selective in his development agenda.

Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu expecting some ongoing road projects in Aba

He said the insinuation that the governor was developing the state’s infrastructure while neglecting other sectors was not true.

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“There are many things competing for attention at the same time for which reason there is a well structured prioritisation process whereby infrastructure is on the front burner.

“The most onerous task of any government is to provide an enabling environment for businesses to thrive, particularly in Abia which is the nerve center of commerce in the Southeast.

“The government, therefore, has no choice than to upgrade facilities necessary for growth of the economy,” Onyechere said in a statement.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief said the construction and rehabilitation of roads was crucial to boosting trade and commerce. According to him, past administrations neglected the state’s infrastructure, which he said Ikpeazu was determined to correct.

He urged Abia citizens to bear with the governor, saying Ikpeazu was committed to transforming every sector of Abia’s economy, in addition to infrastructure.

The President of the Igbo Question Movement (IQM) said: “The problem is not that roads were not done in the past but their lifespan was nothing to be proud of. The difference is that Governor Ikpeazu is not just awarding contracts for road construction and rehabilitation, but is concerned with the quality of work done.”

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According to Onyechere, the governor was not only fixing state roads, but Federal roads to make life easier for Abians and others.

“Abia state accounts for the highest concentration of federal roads which have lacked attention for a long time. The governor has, in a short period of time, taken up on many roads that are vital to the promotion of commerce for which Abia is known.

“It may be surprising to know that the government has completed such roads as Omne, Ukaegbu, Umuola Ehere, Ochefu, China Nwafor Umuihilegbu and Owerri roads despite lean resources accruing to the state.

“The most edifying of these roads is the long stretch from Umuahia to Arochuku, and roads in Umuahia, some of which are under construction,” Onyechere said.

This article first appeared on The Nation Newspaper



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