Governor Ikpeazu Commends FG On Road Infrastructure Development
Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has commended the Federal Government for the development of road infrastructure in Abia State and other states across the country.
Governor Ikpeazu made the commendation at the handing and taking over ceremony of a 2.1 kilometre internal roads constructed by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing at the Nigerian Institute for Nigerian Languages, Aba, Abia State.
The Governor who was represented at the event by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwudi said, "We are indeed happy and excited that the project has been successfully completed and is being commissioned and handed over today to the glory of God and for the benefit of the Institute on one hand and the general public on the other hand."
Ikpeazu further said, "We cannot but sincerely commend and appreciate the Federal Government of Nigeria for her commitment and dedication to addressing the huge infrastructure gap in the road network sector across the country. We are particularly grateful that today, we are witnessing the uncommon will and wisdom of the Federal Government under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR to facilitate the resolution of internal road inadequacy with a view to enhancing road network aesthetics of the Institute."
The Governor pleaded with the Federal Government to also fix some federal roads in Abia State such as: the Opobo-Azumini road, Aba-Port Harcourt Express Way around Ariara and the Umuahia- Ikot Ekpene Highway which are critical to the economic development of Abia State and the general public.
He also expressed assurance of his state government to partner and complement the efforts of Federal Government and its agencies in the overall interest of Abia citizens in particular and Nigerians in general.
While commissioning and handing over the 2.1kilometre internal roads to the management of the Nigerian Institute for Nigerian Languages, the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, represented by the Abia State Controller of Works, Engr.Bede Obioha said, "While it is true that alot needs to be done in many sectors of our national life including education, the Buhari Government has stepped up to lead the process of getting that work done."
Fashola added, " As at today, 29 numbers of the road intervention projects have been completed with 17 numbers already handed over in 2020.Today we handover this one at the National Institute for Nigerian Languages Aba in Abia State as a critical intervention to support education."
The Minister disclosed that during the construction work a total number of forty people were employed thereby contributing to the job creation initiatives of government. It is hoped that the school would ensure proper use of the road assets.
In his remarks, at the ceremony, the Executive Director of the National Institute for Nigerian Languages Aba, Abia State, Prof. Obiajulu Elumejulu said, "The unprecedented intervention has indeed raised the profile of our institute and confirmed to the naysayers that we also are a Federal Government owned tertiary institution. This brand new road network is now complementing our brand new NCE programmes and both the old and new students as well as staff now feel that they belong, that they too have Abraham as their father.
Prof.Emejulu noted that the intervention of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing on the institute's internal roads network was like manna from heaven.
The Executive Director of the Institute also requested for the extension of the internal roads by 400 metres with drainage to stem erosion and connect other critical portions of the vast land in developing the campus.
To show their level of appreciation to the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, the host communities of the Institute honoured him with a Chieftaincy Title of Ekwueme 1 of Akumaimo Ancient kingdom, which means,"You live by your words."
The Chieftaincy installation ceremony was performed by His Royal Highness, Eze Wilson Onwunali on the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing through his representative, Engr. Bede Obioha, the Abia State Controller of Works.
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