REVEALED: Rep. Sam Onuigbo’s Role In The Construction Of Abia Mall

By Ikenga Chronicles November 29, 2016

Residents of Umuahia, the Abia State capital revelled in unparalleled joy last week when Abia Mall (which houses Shoprite Umuahia) was flagged open by the state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu,Senator T.A Orji, and Rep. Sam I. Onuigbo. The commissioning of Abia Mall was a landmark action that has opened not just a new outlet for relaxation and shopping, but also a key business outlet for the people.

Ikenga Chronicles was curious as to why Rep. Sam Onuigbo had to play a key role in the commissioning (one could understand T.A Orji’s role as he was the immediate past governor under whose stewardship the construction of the mall began), and dug deep. Our investigation matched key timelines with the honourable member’s positions in the Abia state government at key times viz;

1. The procurement of the land for the project was done when Rep. Sam Onuigbo was the state’s Commissioner for Lands and Survey.

2. The uptick in the construction of the mall which had hitherto stalled aligned with his appointment as the state’s Commissioner for Finance.

So we put a call through to Rep. Onuigbo for confirmation. According to him;

“Yes you are right, the land was procured when I was the Commissioner for Lands. It was a key project that I was passionate about so we negotiated with the people of Amuziukwu to get the land.”

Asked about the role he played as Commissioner for Finance in relation to the mall, he responded thus;

“You must first bear in mind that the project was carried out by the Abia state government. No one person can say he did it all. But the information you have is somehow true. When I became the Commissioner for Finance, there was a lull in the construction of the mall because no bank was willing to fund it. So I reached out to Ecobank(specifically a staff of theirs) and convinced him of the need for them to fund the project. So he agreed, picked it up and ran with it. And today, I am happy that the mall has been completed and is fully functional.”

Abia mall, is a key piece of achievement by the Abia State government and will offer some employment for the people, and marketing outlets for locally sourced goods.

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