The Abia State Commissioner for Works, Barrister Bob Chiedozie Ogu, has reiterated the State Government’s commitment to reconstruct the dilapidated Aba Ikot-Ikpene road from Opopo Junction in Ogbor Hill Aba.
The Commissioner disclosed this when he visited the Ikot-Ikpene road, which is under reconstruction.
He stated that after reviewing the terrible condition road, the Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, directed that the road be finished with rigid asphalt technology to guarantee durability.
Barrister Ogu called attention to the financial importance of that road which connects Akwa-Ibom and Abia.
He assured that the rigid pavement and drainage framework on the two sides of the road would move water to Aba River. This will solve the problem of flooding on that road.
The Commissioner said the people’s plight gravely stressed the Governor. He said his administration couldn’t continue waiting for the CCGC company and the Federal Government because of the strategic nature of the road.
“Recovery of this road will revive the businesses in this area that has gone comatose and will boost the state’s economy,” Ogu said.
He frowned at how the federal government had neglected and abandoned this essential road throughout the years. He also expressed dismay over the slow pace of work which the federal government has over 3yrs awarded to the Chinese company.
Recall that in February last year, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Raji Babatunde Fashola visited Ikot-Ekpene road and directed the Chinese company CCGC to carry out a palliative work Opopo Junction while they continue with the project.
However, the Chinese company didn’t carry out the minister’s directive as they are busy with the Akwa-Ibom segment of the road, subjecting those in Abia to untold hardship.
The Commissioner, along with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Engr Sunday Okpara and the Director Maintenance Engr Ememe, took the contractor to all the bad spots on the road’s Abia side.