ABIA STATE GOVT TO CONSTRUCT 6-LANE ROAD, UPGRADE PAY OF TRADITIONAL RULERS

REPORTER: PEACE AGBO

Abia State Government says it has concluded plans to construct a six lane road stretching from Abia Tower to Michael Okpara Square, Umuahia to enhance the aesthetics of the state capital.

The Commissioner for Information and Culture in the state, Prince Okey Kanu, made this known while briefing journalists at the Government House along with his Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, and Health Commissioners on the resolutions of the State Executive Council meeting in Umuahia.

The Commissioner said that the six lane road, when completed, would uplift status of the state capital, stressing that it is in line with good governance.

Also, speaking with reporters, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Uzor Nwachukwu, noted that everything about submission of salary schedules of verified workers at the Local Government Service level had been sorted out, as salaries of workers of the LGAs, including primary and junior secondary school teachers would be paid this week.

The Commissioner announced Governor Otti’s approval of upward review of stipend of the traditional rulers in the state from 3% to the constitutional 5% to encourage the royal fathers continue being partners in progress with the government.

For her part, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ngozi Okoronkwo, debunked the alleged rumour of sacking all medical doctors under the employ of the state government.

The Health Commissioner maintained there was no plan of such by the state government and urged people to disregard the rumoursm about the purported sack circular.

According to Dr. Okoronkwo, three hospitals in the state, including Abia Diagnostic Centre, Umuahia; Cottage Hospital, Abayi Aba; and General Hospital, Umunnato in Bende were for renovations and furnishing with necessary equipment within the first 100 days of the present administration in office.

EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU

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