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