The Abia State government has initiated repair work on the Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene federal road which has been a subject of concern for both commuters and local authorities due to its deteriorating condition, which has not only inconvenienced travelers but also increased the risk of accidents.
The decision to commence the maintenance work was announced during a press briefing held by Kanu, a spokesperson for the state government. The briefing followed the executive council meeting, which was presided over by Governor Alex Otti in Umuahia, the state capital.
This is expected to encompass a range of activities, such as road repairs, resurfacing, and the improvement of critical road infrastructure. These measures are intended to make the Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene federal road more navigable, reduce travel times, and enhance safety for all road users.
Accompanied by three of his colleagues, he explained that the intervention had a clear objective: to offer relief and assistance to commuters. He emphasized that this support was extended despite the fact that the road in question fell under federal government jurisdiction.
“In the same vein, the lit-up Abia project has covered 36 streets in Umuahia and extended to Aba- Owerri, Factory, MCC, Okigwe and Brass roads all in Aba,” he noted.
Likewise, Mr. Don Oti, a fellow member of the Ministry of Works, provided further insights into the upcoming Umuahia-Ossah road project, outlining that its implementation would commence once specific procedures were finalized. These essential procedures encompassed several critical steps.
“The procedure include payment of compensation to owners of structures that would be affected and commencement of their demolition,” he added.