Contrary to the speculations by some members of the public that the Abia State Government had abandoned reconstruction of Faulks road Aba, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has said that the road would be ready in two months.
Ikpeazu who made this known on Sunday during a Special Thanksgiving Service organised in commemoration of the 31st anniversary of Abia, at the St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Umuahia said the reconstruction of the road is part of state government’s efforts to boost economic activities in the state.
The Governor while noting that work is ongoing at the site, said that the state government had engaged contractors to deploy Rigid Cement Technology in reconstructing the road to ensure that it would last for 30 years.
He described the failure to heed expert advice as one of the reasons the initial reconstruction work done by his administration on Faulks road collapsed.
Ikpeazu said: “The contractors, Setraco, who did the work are one of the best but when they built that road they locked it.
“They told me that because we are yet to place wearing cost and without this wearing cost, the road will collapse.
“After the lockdown everybody was worried about opening their shops after months, then leaders of Ariaria International Market and some traditional rulers came pleading with me to open the road to enable traders have access to their shops against expert advice.
“I resisted for a few months but I opened the road because a better part of my human kindness overtook me and the rest is history because as predicted the road collapsed,” he added.
Governor Ikpeazu who used the occasion to reel out the achievements of his adminstration said he has delivered more than 150 roads and was interested in building more roads to ease traffic around the state for enhanced economic activities in Abia.
He thanked God for the peace and stability in the state, adding that these were his prayer request to God on assumption of office as the governor of Abia State.
In a sermon entitled “Watchman Over The Land”, the Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Umuahia, Rt Rev. Geoffrey Ibeabuchi, said that God had given the citizenry the responsibility to keep watch over Abia.
Rev. Ibeabuchi said that it was pertinent for the people of Abia to keep watch over the state by promoting causes that would make a positive impact on the state.