ADB team visits Abia, inspects Federal Roads in Aba

By Ikenga Chronicles July 12, 2016

A delegation from the Headquarters of the African Development Bank (ADB) in Abidjan, led by Mr. Mwila Aeron Katambula, the Bank’s Transport Specialist, is currently in Abia State for the final lap of talks between Abia State Government and ADB on some developmental projects of interest to the bank in Abia State.

The state Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, who received the team and another team from the Federal Ministry of Works Abuja that accompanied the ADB team yesterday at the Government House Umuahia, said that Abia State can’t wait to see the commencement of reconstruction of some major roads in Aba, especially Port Harcourt road and Ikot Ekpene road among others.

“Road infrastructure is very important to us in Aba. Apart from being the commercial nerve Centre of Abia, Aba is the SMEs Centre of Nigeria. Aba is very important to the economy of both Abia and Nigeria.

“So the issue of road infrastructure, waste management and storm water management are the challenges we face in Aba.

“Abia State does not have the resource to do a good work on Port Harcourt and Ikot Ekpene roads. With your visit today, you’ve renewed our hope that help will come very soon and he roads will be fixed.

“On our part we have try to do what is required of us in terms of ensuring that the ground work is done to enable ADB come in.” The Governor said.

Speaking on why they’re in Abia, Katambula said: “We are eager to participate in the development of Abia State. Our mission today is a follow up meeting we had before, we want to ensure that everything is ready because we want to fast-tract the projects that the bank will take up in Abia.”

The ADB and FMW teams later met with the State’s Commissioners for Works Hon. Eziuche Ubani, and that of Finance, Hon. Obinna Oriaku, and other top state government officials.

After several hours of meetings, the Commissioner for Works, Hon. Ubani led the two teams to Aba, to have on the spot assessment of the two key Federal Roads, Port Harcourt and Ikot Ekpene Roads in the commercial city.

The inspection tour offered them the opportunity of first hand information of the level of decay of the roads and the trauma and suffering of the residents and travelers in and around these two key roads.

ADB is currently doing the technical analysis and studies of the roads before releasing funds for reconstruction of the roads.

This accounts to why the ADB team had to come with the FMW team to meet face to face with the Governor Ikpeazu and his team in Abia.

During the visit to Aba, the Commissioner for Works, Hon Ubani told he ADB and FMW teams that: “we are desperate to fix roads in Abia, and Aba in particular.

“So far we’ve done good number of roads which are the responsibility of the state, but unfortunately, we can’t fix federal roads with first agreeing on terms of fixing them.

“Unfortunately we don’t have the amount of money required to fix these roads, especially Port Harcourt and Ikot Ekpene roads, that is why we are delighted to have he ADB here together with a team from the Federal ministry of works, to see the level of deterioration on the roads.”

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