ABIA: Road Construction, Rehabilitation, Major Thrust Of Ikpeazu
ACTIVITIES of the Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, in his first week in office may have shown his determination to pursue his set agenda, which revolves around five growth pillars, namely: Manufacturing, trade and commerce, agriculture, infrastructure and environment.
The major thrust of Ikpeazu’s first 100 days, however, remains road construction and rehabilitation. In fact, the governor’s first outing on Monday, June 1 indicated as much, as he flagged off construction of seven major roads in Aba, the commercial nerve centre of the state, to give the city a face-lift.
The roads to be completed during his first 100 days include, Umuocham Road, Old Expressway, Ukaegbu and Ehere roads, Umuola Road, Kamalu Road and Faulks Road by Ariaria.
He equally assured that apart from quality jobs that would be done on these roads, they would have streetlights installed alongside.
The next day, Tuesday, he inspected the 34-kilometre Ndioji-Ndi Okereke- Arochukwu Road, where he gave the contractor December 2015 as completion date.
Contract for the road had been awarded, but not fully executed as only 7 kilometres were asphalted and another 7 kilometers done stone-based.
He also flagged off what he called ‘Clean Aba Programme’ and the rehabilitation and reconstruction of several arterial roads in Aba and Umuahia, indicating that within the next few days, he would intervene in other major key areas including, waste management, multiple taxation, sustain security of lives and property and boost agriculture.
On Tuesday evening he announced his first appointments to what he called key positions in his administration namely: Secretary to Government, Chiefs of Staff, Chief Press Secretary and two Assistants on Media, Advisers for Special Duties, Due Process, Special Duties, Aba Renewal, Security who were drawn from across the state.
In his address to his people, Ikpeazu promised the people that in his first 100 days, Boys Technical College (BTC), Aba, will receive significant attention aimed at enabling it provide certificate programmes in carefully chosen vocational areas including, garment and shoe making, and in the long term, there will be significant private sector involvement in BTC.
On unemployment, he said he has concluded plans to launch an education-for -employment programme, which will enable 100,000 youths, acquire fit-for-purpose skills over the next four years.
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