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Obasanjo Seeks Development Of Aba Infrastructure


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has said that the rehabilitation and upgrade of decayed infrastructural facilities in the commercial city of Aba in Abia State, will help Nigeria grow into a renowned industrial giant in view of the ingenuity of the city’s business and industrial sector.

He noted that the abandon­ment of infrastructures such as improved power supply, good local road network and others by administrations that governed the State, had been responsible for its socio economic backwardness and reliance on federal allocation for the provision of basic needs of the people.

Chief Obasanjo, who was speaking while commissioning some roads rehabilitated by the Okezie Ikpeazu administration in parts of the town, said Aba was a foremost industrial city in the country and could therefore, not be neglected by any positive gov­ernment in the land.

He commended the governor for using a new technology popu­larly known as “cement technol­ogy”, to reconstruct the roads and lauded the quality of work done by the contractors.

He called on the people of the State to continue to support gov­ernment aspirations towards de­veloping the rural communities in order to check influx of school leavers into major cities in search of non-existent jobs instead of remaining in their communities to contribute to their upgrade through engagement in self­employments using handicrafts and other related occupations like farming.

The former president appealed to all Nigerians to assist the pre­sent administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, in fighting insurgency and corrupt practices by reporting any strange persons and their suspicious activities to appropriate government agencies while abstaining from criminal acts that will bring disorder to their people.

In an earlier address, Gover­nor Okezie Ikpeazu, who took Chief Obasanjo and his entourage round the affected road rehabilita­tion sites in the commercial city, said the new “cement technol­ogy” was introduced to make the roads last for longer periods than what they used to be in the past.

He promised that more roads including those in rural commu­nities across the State would be reconstructed before the coming of the next rainy season and ap­pealed to Abians to support his administration by paying their taxes and other approved levies promptly through government authorized bank accounts.

Dr Ikpeazu restated his admin­istration’s resolve not to work with private revenue agents in the collection of taxes and levies warning those still parading them­selves as government agents to desist or be ready to pay for their activities when caught by security operatives who he said have been empowered to apprehend and prosecute such culprits.


 Ogbonnaya Ndukwe, Aba

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