Abia Governor Alex Otti has stated that the state government is committed to the construction of roads that will improve trade and business ventures within the state.
At the inauguration of the MCC/Old Express Road on Sunday in Aba, Otti made this statement.
According to the governor, his administration believed that in addition to improving vehicle mobility, quality road construction was essential for businesses to thrive.
He revealed that certain roads critical to economic growth had been issued contracts by the government for their rehabilitation and reconstruction.
“We cannot achieve the kind of economic rejuvenation we seek if our major roads are in poor condition,” he said.
The governor said the reconstructed road was a testament that government had embarked on a holistic rehabilitation of Aba and the state as a whole.
Otti asserted that the inauguration of the road meant that “Aba is open for business” and called on potential investors to take advantage of the numerous opportunities abound in the state.
“Our motivation in government is to create the right environment for individuals to realize the full expression of their dreams.
“We are also interested in supporting the growth of businesses and establishing a safe haven for legitimately profitable and sustainable investments,” he said.
Otti reaffirmed the government’s commitment to reforming rules and programs that would make it easier to form alliances and the best investment routes, which would further motivate the government to improve public services.
He added that the government has taken action to address the long-term recurring flooding problem in Aba.
The governor said the government had awarded contracts for the reconstruction of economically important highways in the local government districts.
“We are working very hard on the reconstruction of several other roads in about nine LGAs through a special multilateral financing scheme that will allow the state to repair roads to increase agricultural productivity and promote marketing,” he added.
Chief Jerry Kalu, the President of the Aba Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, also delivered a speech commending the government’s efforts to reconstruct Abia.
Kalu said the reconstruction strategy of the current government will contribute significantly to the socio-economic progress of the state.
According to Oti, the recently rebuilt MCC Old Express, Udeagbala and Umuimo Roads in Aba have street lighting and drainage systems in addition to structural architecture that meets the highest road construction standards.
He pleaded with locals not to do anything that would make the roads unusable again.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the governor also officially opened Aba’s Udeagbala and Umuimo roads.