Elated by the infrastructural reengineering of Aba and environs by his administration, Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has assuredly declared that contrary to some insinuations in some quarters, his administration will complete all projects it embarked upon including the Osisiọma flyover before the expiration of the administration’s term in 2023.
He spoke on Friday while commissioning the newly reconstructed Immaculate Heart Road in Umungasi Aba, Osisioma Ngwa local government area of the state, saying that unlike in the past when works stop as new election approaches, his government will continue to work for the people until his last day in office
While commissioning the road project, which he described as the continuation of his ‘Kinetic Abia‘Programme, Ikpeazu assured that the road, built with cement pavement technology system, would last for 25 years.
The Abia chief executive explained that it is wrong to build roads without drainages, adding that because of its durability, his successor would not come back to reconstruct it in the next 25 years.
Earlier, the Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu had explained that the road is very critical to the residents of the area and Aba in general; pointing out that the continuous commissioning of roads by the governor is a proof that the administration has fulfilled its campaign promises.
He assured that the Ikpeazu-led government will not relent in commissioning roads until the end of its tenure in2023.
The Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Chinedum Orji, Chairman, House Committee on Works, Hon. Ginger Onwusibe who also spoke at the event, assured that, based on the achievements of the governor, the Assembly will do everything within their powers to assist him do more of such roads for the people.
According to the Speaker, “anyone who does not appreciate the efforts of the governor in infrastructural development does not love Abia State”, adding “We in the State House of Assembly are proud of him and will continue to provide legislative support to enable him continue to take Abia to higher heights”.
According to him, the next phase of the road project will be its extension with a bridge that would link it with Ogbor Hill, saying that the design of the next phase is ready.
Speaking on behalf of SS Anthony & Jude Catholic Church located on the road, the Parish priest, Rev. Father Francis Onuoha, hinted that the church and residents of the area were happy with the reconstruction of the road.
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