GOVERNOR Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has promised that his administration would reconstruct and commission a minimum of 50 roads at Aba with a flyover at Osisioma roundabout before 2019.
A statement issued on Tuesday, September 6, by Enyinnaya Appolos his chief press secretary, and obtained by journalists in Umuahia, said the governor made the pledge during the men fellowship of Assemblies of God Church with the theme: “Aba Mega Fellowship” at Ukaegbu Road Aba, after being honoured for outstanding performance and reconstruction of Ukaegbu Road.
Also, to ease the pains experienced by commuters travelling to Akwa Ibom and Cross River states due to the deplorable state of the Aba-Ikot Ekpene Highway, which is a federal road, Ikpeazu promised that his government would construct a 7.5km alternative access road to link the Akwa Ibom State end of the highway before the end of the coming dry season.
He stressed that Abia State would continue ongoing negotiation with the federal government on how to fix the dilapidated and deplorable Aba-Ikot Ekpene highway.
The governor also stated that he would have loved to do much more than he had done so far, if not for the distractions and political upheavals caused by the unnecessary and conspiratorial court actions against him. Nevertheless, he promised Abians that he would continue to stand as a vendor of hope for the common man through rendering of quality services.
Governor Ikpeazu thanked the church for honouring him and pledged not to disappoint Abians and residents.
In an address read by Okechukwu Ulu, a reverend, on behalf of the Aba North district Men’s Ministries of Assemblies of God Church, the fellowship expressed appreciation to the governor for his commitment and efforts to rewrite the road infrastructure story of Aba. Ulu said: “this address will not be complete if we fail to recognize and appreciate our chief executive governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, on his untiring effort in revolutionising the state particularly in the area of road construction at Aba. Some abandoned and impassable roads have become a delight to behold. Ukaegbu road where this Programme is holding is an example. This is in spite of the many distractions on your (governor’s) way. We know that tough time never last, but tough people do.”
Governor Ikpeazu has so far commissioned 17 of 28 roads started by his administration at Aba since he took over as Governor of Abia State.
— Sep 6, 2016 @ 18:20 GMT