Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, on Tuesday signed into law, the Greater Aba Development Authority (GADA) Bill recently passed by the State House of Assembly.
Dr. Otti, speaking after assenting to the bill, he said the establishment of the Greater Aba Development Authority is to give Aba a recognized Status as a commercial hub. The governor said Aba combined what many cities had individually, noting that Aba was not just a commercial zone, but also an industrial hub.
He said “Everyone who had followed the process of the campaigns and elections would have remembered that we have said that we needed a special focus on Aba, the commercial nerve center of the state. we have all sorts of light manufacturing, heavy manufacturing, micro small and medium scale businesses, trading. Virtually every street in Aba is a market. Although we are working and organizing them, it is a strength we recognize.”
Speaking on the notable potentials of Aba, the governor emphasized on the need to overhaul the infrastructure in the city. He opined “When we invest heavily in infrastructural renewal in Aba, it is because we recognize the potential Aba has and we believe if we improve on ease of doing business, we attract a lot of businesses.”
He also congratulated the Speaker of the House of Assembly, other lawmakers and members of the Executive Council on the passage of the bill, saying with the law, Aba’s rejuvenation had got a legal backing to bring about the needed development in the city.