New Horizon On Aba – By T.A. Orji

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Abia Governor, T. A. Orji
Abia Governor, T. A. Orji

A lot has been said about Aba, the commercial destination of Nigeria. I am not about to join issues with all the various positions that may have been advocated, whether for or against. But I will reiterate our avowal as publicly pledged, during the inauguration of our mandate, to the effect that we will faithfully live up to the aspiration of our people. Aba is not an exception to that pledge and this has been variously demonstrated by a glaring sincerity of purpose in addressing major challenges in Aba.

For a retrospective brief, it is a common knowledge that the gateway status of Aba is a follow up to the business adventures of our Igbo brothers. The city accommodated their strategic business interest in terms of proximity to railway and seaport through nearby Port Harcourt and accessibility to other states. Aba did well as a market town ably administered by retinue of Igbo merchants who ventured into various trades and vocations.

With the passage of time, these Igbo produce merchants flourished in their trade and consequently the British Colonial masters were attracted to designate Aba as one of their administrative enclaves.


Before the exit of the British Colonial Masters, Aba had become a household name in Nigeria and subsequently, made it to the African map as a commercial hub of note. Naturally, the status of the city compelled her to grapple with the influx of human beings who as it where came in droves. The consequence is that indecency and flagrant disregard for environmental friendliness has become a way of life in Aba.

It became so mountainous that successive government’s shied away from making a remarkable input in expanding the already over-stretched infrastructure in the City of Aba. But our genuine desire to comprehensively turn Aba into a huge construction site was fiercely challenged, Firstly, by incredible security challenge and secondly by the financial wherewithal to adopt emergency zone approach. However, the enormity of decay, prompted government to conscientiously prioritized interventions and constantly reconciled it with available resources vis-à-vis the expected necessity of allocating similar values to other geopolitical enclaves of the state.

Those who disdained our promises as being empty, would have been jolted by the reality of rehabilitations going on in sixteen roads in Aba, viz Azikiwe road, Cemetery road, Milverton Avenue, Eziukwu/ Okigwe round about, Ama Ogbonnay, Nwala by Faulks road to brass junction, linking Aba Owerri road, Ngwa road, Ohanku road, Eemelogu road (completed awaiting drainage) Ehere road, Omoba road, Umuola road, Ikot-Ekpene road from Opobo junction to Bata, Omuma by ACCN, Nwigwe by Nwagba Avenue, geometric access road, and Aba-Port Harcourt road.

Government had earlier rose to the challenge of rehabilitating and dualizing the impassible Aba-Owerri road and notorious Ukwu-Mango, and others. When it became environmentally expedient that Abayi-express market and in its place build a lush green and life enhancing relaxation garden, government swung into action.

The investment gateway extended to Geometric Energy Limited will emphatically jumpstart every latent enterprise in Aba and redefine access to energy for optimum business delivery.

Our state and federal legislatures elected to protect the interest of Aba political block have combined beautifully well with the state government to jointly promote the interest of Aba our commercial pride. The strategic importance of repositioning Aba, gave rise to our support and deployment of resources towards the creation of Aba State. We had reasoned that its attainment would facilitate the mobilization of facilities for accelerated development of both states. A monthly federation allocation of three billion, five hundred million Naira and minimally improved internally generated revenue is abysmally inadequate to scratch the surface of Aba’s infrastructural challenge. This is regardless of the inevitable necessity of having to allocate two billion, five hundred million naira, monthly from the same next to nothing allocation to pay workers salaries.

Let us draw from the wisdom of history, as we recall the horrendous past, when evil repeatedly danced in the square of the righteous, until the heart-rending cry of the state attracted the intervention of heaven. Abia once cajoled and derided is now playing host to stake holders & interest groups, who are desirous of a practical recipe to security challenges residing in their domain.

Our irreversible commitment to Aba will continue to drive the vision of sanitizing the city, for the enhancement of our people’s well being. Our regime of matching words with action will see to it that blocked drainages are thoroughly desilted and illegal structures obstructing the rehabilitation and construction of new ones are summarily demolished. Armed with the survey report of a seasoned professional in urban challenges, we have resolved to critically approach head long, a comprehensive enumeration of properties in Aba and other urban areas of the state with a view to streamlining all forms of levies and development funds.

Government also considered it appropriate to partner with the market unions of Ariaria International market, and others with a view to rehabilitating sectional roads in the market.

Our sincerity of purpose in that regard was practically demonstrated by a genuine commitment of allowing the market union unfettered access to revenues accruing from the market for intervention in critical road situations and Government also subventing it

Suffice it to say that the government of Abia State believes in Aba and is practically committed to its re-engineering.

T.A. Orji – the Governor of Abia State wrote in from Umuahia

 

5 COMMENTS

  1. UMU IBEKU heartily thank our dear brother BB Akpugo for his bold outspokenness over d state of Abia.We also wish to disassociate Ibeku Clan & People from d wicked attacks against d Person of Dr Orji Uzor Kalu by d Govt in Abia.Ibeku People are NEVER known to be Ungrateful especially to Orji Kalu who did our people proud by helping one of us become Gov.We advise our brother Ochendo to pls make Peace with Kalu & others for d sake of d future of our children

  2. I’m sick and tired of this man, to be honest. All he does is make noise and talk. We have seen absolutely NOTHING he has done in Abia, never mind Aba. It is there for all to see. This man is nothing but a big failure

  3. The measures this administration is taking to reverse the trends and developmental foundation in Abia since there was nothing left to build on from when TAO took the seat of power. TAO was able to arrest insecurity in the Abia. TAO have a template for the development of Abia State. The first template was to lay solid foundation and that we have realized; that is security, which became a challenge. So we have our security template also; to be on top of security situation always, to sustain it because it is with the sustenance of this security that all the other templates will work. So Abia have gotten that. Now the next template is laying a solid foundation for Abia State in terms of projects, in terms of roads, in terms of infrastructure, in terms of ideology. There must be a foundation for all these things from where we will advance.

  4. OVOM INDUSTRIAL
    WORKSHOP ESTATE:

    This project is designed to relocate Auto-Technician s and Allied Workers operating in Aba metropolis, Ogbor Hill and environs. The Ovom Industrial
    Workshop location covers an area of 8.1 hectares of land and will accommodate various artisans such as Auto technicians, Welders, Spare Part
    Dealers and related services. On completion of this project, the resultant mass movement of these industrial workshop operators will decongest the
    urban Centre of Aba as well as enhancing the aesthetics of Aba and environs.

  5. Am happy T.A is working i was in Aba couple of times last two months and saw the spate of road construction going on,i think the government is in the right direction…the state government is on the right track now…Lets support Ochendo!

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