ROAD CONSTRUCTION – Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has flagged off the reconstruction of 4.6 km Faulks Road that covers Brass junction by Aba-Owerri road as well as Ariaria market by Ukwu-Mango and down to Port Harcourt Expressway.
Faulks Road has been in a deplorable condition for the past 18 years, hampering economic activities in Ariaria Market. It has also caused untold hardship to residents, despite the effort made by past administrations to fix it.
The major impediment in the road construction is tackling the Ifeobara basin near Ukwu-Mango. Ifeobara basin has been the reason behind the most devastating flood in the area, due to accumulated waste materials being dumped on the drains, that has blocked the drainage over time.
The government has engaged the services of a road construction company, SETRACO to solve the problem by constructing a 5.6km underground water channel that would discharge its content straight to Aba River.
The road construction is in line with the administration’s commitment to enhancing infrastructure that would encourage trade and commerce in Aba, the commercial city of Abia State.
Shortly after flagging off the road, Governor Ikpeazu told the people in his native Ngwa language that the suffering and recurrent flood in the area had come to end and drove out from the event amidst cheers and excitement from the people, who would be hoping that their show of support would translate to serious work to end the flooding.
Just last week, the governor also flagged off the free feeding programme in the state, which is aimed at feeding a total of 136, 258 pupils, who will consume 408, 774 fresh eggs, 51, 09, 670 grammes of of ada rice and 68, 120, 000 grammes of beans, weekly.
The governor who spoke while commissioning the scheme at Ntigha primary school in Isiala Ngwa North council, said he understood what it meant to go to school on an empty stomach as well as the pains some parents go through to provide meals for their children, thus, assuring that under the scheme, every pupil in Abia was sure of at least one meal a day.