SIX LANE ROAD: ABIA GOVT EXTENDS DEMOLITION DEADLINE

REPORTER: PEACE AGBO

Abia Government says it has extended the period of demolition of 160 structures marked along Ossah-Mission Hill road for the proposed six lanes Ossah -Tower road expansion by three weeks as against the initial August 14 deadline.

The government also announced that every arrangements had been put in place for the launch of the Single Treasury Account (TSA) in the state by September 1, 2023 as stipulated to encourage due process and transparency.

These were parts of the resolutions reached at the end of this week’s State Executive Council meeting chaired by Governor Alex Otti.

Briefing journalists at the Government House Umuahia after the meeting, the Commissioner for Information and Culture, Prince Okey Kanu, announced that consultations between Government and affected community were ongoing.

Prince Kanu noted that the notice as to how much compensation to be paid to the owners of the affected structures would be issued soon.

He further said that the Light Up Abia Initiative and the Free Medical Services by the government were ongoing in fulfillment of the Governor Alex Otti’s campaign promises.

The Commissioner pointed out that an additional 12 General Hospitals would be reconstructed and equipped before the end of this year in addition to the three which would be ready by the end of August.

According to the Commissioner, the ban on the use of motorcycles in the Aba and Umuahia metropolis is still enforce and warned security agencies to desist from extorting money from persons in the guise of enforcing the ban.

Throwing more light on the proposed six lanes Ossah -Tower road expansion, the Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Mr. Chaka Chukwumerije, explained the structures had been enumerated and valued stressing that the compensations would be paid in tranches.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in the state, Mrs. Ngozi Felix, said the ongoing 2023 Abia Women August Delegates’ Conference (AWADEC) was initiated to drive ideological shift and create development amongst women.

It would also empower over one hundred women in the state.

EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU

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