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Gov Ikpeazu directs immediate work on Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene federal road after death of student

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Following stories in regards to the poor state of the Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene federal street in Umuahia, the Abia State capital which led to the dying of a pupil of Michael Okpara College of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has directed an instantaneous work on the street to alleviate the present expertise of street customers.

The Governor made this identified on Monday in an announcement issued by the Commissioner for Info, Chief John Okiyi Kalu.

The assertion revealed that Governor Ikpeazu had in the previous few days in the past, mandated the State Commissioner for Works, Elder Bob Ogu to evaluate the extent of palliative work wanted to be carried out on the street which had hitherto been a priority amongst commuters.

Chief Okiyi Kalu added that an indigenous building firm was instantly mandated to begin work on the street on Wednesday after receiving report of the evaluation.

DAILY POST recollects that college students of the MOUAU earlier on Monday took to the streets of Umuahia to protest the dying of considered one of their mates who was killed just a few days in the past by a truck that fell at one of many unhealthy parts of the street, inflicting pandemonium within the space.

Okiyi additional said that Governor Ikpeazu whereas commiserating with the scholars over the unlucky incident, promised to repair the unhealthy parts of the federal street for the sake of the people who find themselves continuously utilizing the street.

The assertion reads, “Early final week, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu invited the State’s Commissioner for Works, Elder Bob Ogu, to a gathering in his workplace and directed him to mobilize a contractor to right away execute palliative repairs of failed parts of Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene Street, Umuahia, after receiving stories on the horrible state of the federal street resulting in the distinguished Michael Okpara College of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), and the attendant hardship skilled by commuters who use the street that additionally hyperlinks our state to some neighboring states.

“After assessing the work to be carried out there, the Honorable Commissioner reverted to the Governor final Friday and knowledgeable him that they must get written permission from the Federal Ministry of Works earlier than commencing work because the mentioned street has already been awarded by the federal authorities and handed over to the contractors who’re claiming that sufficient funds haven’t but been offered for graduation of the work.

“At that time, the Governor was actually livid and requested: ‘is there a deliberate plan to completely destroy commerce and commerce on this state and punish our folks?’ He recalled that the federal authorities additionally awarded Aba-Ikot Ekpene Freeway since 2017 and couldn’t do any efficient work on it for therefore lengthy as much as this 12 months to the extent that the state authorities needed to begin reconstruction of the street from Opobo Junction, Aba, space utilizing inflexible pavement (cement) know-how.

“Other than Aba-Ikot Ekpene and Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene Federal Highways which are in horrible situations, different federal roads resulting in our main business and agricultural hubs reminiscent of Aba-Port Harcourt Section of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Freeway, Umuahia-Uzuakoli-Ohafia Street, Arochukwu-Ohafia-Bende Street and so forth, are dying traps that can’t, by any normal, be described as roads.

“Essentially the most painful half is that these are the key roads resulting in our centres of commerce, commerce and agriculture, the mainstay of our folks. Certainly, guests to our state kind opinions in regards to the state based mostly on the poor state of those federal roads and till they’re fastened, it’ll stay troublesome to understand the work the Ikpeazu-led administration has carried out to resume our infrastructure since 2015.

“Abia State Authorities moved to repair the Osisioma-NNPC Depot Street in Aba, belonging to the federal authorities, two years in the past and after engaged on greater than 1km of the street, the federal ministry of works despatched a letter directing the Abia State authorities to depart the federal street which they claimed to have been awarded for repairs. Two years down the road, completely nothing has been carried out because the federal contractor claims he’s but to be funded. Our attraction to permit us to repair the important thing street for a future refund fell on deaf ears.

“Yesterday, Governor Ikpeazu acquired info that an articulated truck fell alongside the unhealthy portion of Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene federal street killing a pupil of Michael Okpara College of Agriculture, Umudike, recognized as Queen. He has directed the state ministry of works to mobilize Pumeco Building Firm to maneuver in and implement palliative repairs alongside the unhealthy parts of that vital street from Wednesday with or with out approval from the federal ministry of works.

“As well as, the Governor expresses his private condolences and that of the great folks of Abia State to the bereaved household, college students and workers of the college over the unhappy and unlucky incident.

“Abia State Authorities is in solidarity with the scholars who protested earlier at the moment and desires to guarantee them that assistance is on the best way. Other than the palliative work we’re commencing this Wednesday, we’ll have interaction the federal ministry of works on the necessity to fund street initiatives in our state or enable us to work on these roads already tied with federal contracts.

“For now, we’re shifting in and hope to do extra for our folks because the rains abate,” he concluded.

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