ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Governor Alex Otti of Abia State has expressed his government’s determination to build roads that would enhance trade and commercial activities in the State.
Otti said this on Sunday during the inauguration of the MCC/Old Express Road in Aba.
The Governor said his administration considered building good quality roads as not only critical to improving vehicular movement, but to giving businesses the enablement to thrive.
He disclosed that the government had awarded contracts for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of some roads that were important to economic development.
“We cannot drive the kind of economic rejuvenation that we seek if our most important roads are in bad shape,” he said.
The Governor said the reconstructed road was a testament that the government had began a holistic restoration of Aba and the State at large.
Otti maintained that the inauguration of the road meant that “Aba is open for business” and called on potential investors to take advantage of the numerous opportunities that abound in the State.
“Our motivation in government is to create the right environment for individuals to live out the full expression of their dreams, ee are also interested in supporting the growth of enterprises and setting up a safe haven for legitimately profitable and sustainable investments,” he said.
Otti also restated the government’s commitment to evolving programmes and policies that would facilitate creation of best investment paths and partnerships which would further encourage government to serve the people better.
He further said that the government had taken steps to permanently address the issue of perennial flooding in Aba.
The Governor disclosed that the government had awarded contracts for the reconstruction of economically important roads in the local government areas.
“We are working very hard to reconstruct several other roads in about nine LGAs through a special multilateral funding arrangement that gives the state a pathway to fix roads to boost agriculture productivity and produce marketing,” he added.
Also speaking, the President of Aba Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, Chief Jerry Kalu, commended the government for its efforts towards rebuilding Abia.
Kalu said that the rebuilding agenda of the present administration would go a long way in boosting socio-economic growth in the State.