Finally! Aba Roads Appraised For Reconstruction By AFDB
The Small and Medium Entrepreneur Centre of Nigeria, Aba is about to undergo a massive change in its transportation infrastructure as a delegation from the African Development Bank, AFDB, in Abidjan visited Abia state Tuesday,July 12, to appraise the Federal Roads network for reconstruction.
According to officials of Abia State government, the visit led by the Bank’s Transport Specialist, Mr. Mwila Aeron Katambula, was the final lap of negotiation between the government and AFDB on some projects of interest to the bank in the state.
The major highways connecting Aba and Port Harcourt has been in shambles for a decade now, owning to the fact that the city of Aba is one of West Africa’s biggest commercial and entrepreneur centres.
Speaking at the conference which hosted the AFDB team and some officials from the Federal Ministry of Works, Abuja, the Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu said that the state was eager to see the commencement of reconstruction of some major roads in Aba, particularly, the strategic Port Harcourt and Ikot Ekpene roads.
“Road infrastructure is very important to us in Aba. Apart from being the commercial nerve centre of Abia, Aba is the Small and Medium Entrepreneurial 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.”
Also speaking on the conference’s agenda, Mr. Katambula said:
“We are eager to participate in the development of Abia State. Our mission today is a follow up to the meeting we had before, we want to ensure that everything is ready because we want to fast-track the projects that the bank will take up in Abia.”.
AFDB had earlier conducted technical analyses and studies of the roads before releasing funds for reconstructions.
The African Development Bank Group is a multilateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and social progress of African countries.