Okezie Ikpeazu, the Governor of Abia State, has officially opened for public use, a quaternary roads in the economic hub of Aba including Eziukwu Road, Milverton Avenue, Ojike Lane and Chisco Link Rd, all in Aba South Local Government Area of the State.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony on Friday, Governor Ikpeazu assured that the roads would last at least 30 years and called on residents and business owners in the areas to protect the roads from destructive actions of some people.
The Governor said his government undertook the reconstruction of the roads due to their economic importance to the people and advised those doing cement business in Ojike Lane to relocate to Uratta or other markets.
The Chief Executive Officer of the State further stressed the need for proper waste management in the area and directed Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) to set up a Waste Management Task Force to ensure the drainages are kept clean and free of debris.
He disclosed that before the end of February, youths from the various LGAs would be deployed under direct labour to carry out works of road maintenance and covering of potholes in certain areas where road constructions are yet to be done.
Speaking, the Deputy Governor, Rt Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu said he is proud of the Governor for making good his promise of fixing Aba.
He urged Abians to pay their taxes so as to support the developmental agenda of the present administration.
Contributing, the Commissioner for Works, Elder Bob Ogu, said the roads are located at the Central Business District and will enhance the economy of Aba.
He informed that the roads are of high quality and called on residents to protect the roads.
Commissioning the road, the Prelate and Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, His Eminence, Nzie Nsi Eke, expressed delight to be part of the commissioning events and appreciated Governor Ikpeazu for doing a great job for the people.
He urged the Governor not to relent in building more roads and prayed God to bless the Governor and all those that will be using the roads.
Also in their various speeches, the Chairman, Aba Landlords Association and the former Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Acho Nwakanma, the President of Aba Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ACCIMA), Sir Lawrence Obetta, Access Bank Manager in the axis, Mr. Jude Eze Ezugwu, representative of business men, Prince Ahamefula Ikonne, Chairman, Luxury Bus Owners of Nigeria, Chief Jerry Ani, RTEAN Chairman, Azubuike Azuzu and Mrs Anthonia Ugoji were all full of praises for the Governor, saying that the constructions he is embarking upon are very unique.
They said that this is the first time Eziukwu Road and its adjoining roads are made passable.
They assured of their commitment to protect the roads built for them.