Road expansion: We spent 771 million naira on compensation- Otti



Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia

The Abia Governor Alex Otti, has said the sum of 771 million naira was spent for payment of compensation to owners of 130 structures marked for demolition to enable the expansion of Okpara Square Ossah Road.

Recall that the 3.5 kilometers road was awarded to the Craneburg Construction Company to expand from four lanes to six lanes last week Wednesday.

Gov. Otti made the disclosure on Saturday during the median edition of his monthly media interaction with Abia residents in Umuahia the state capital.

He pointed out that the decision to expand the road to 6 lane was to unlock the economic potentials of Umuahia the state capital as well as open up the city to greater economic opportunities

The governor added that three other roads have been awarded to contractors in Aba, the commercial hub of the state in addition to eleven roads already awarded and three commissioned since inspection of his administration.

He said, “Penco Avenue, Omuma Road and another around Clifford Road, resources are scarce, Port Harcourt road is not forgotten, the road requires a lot of design and in the next few weeks you will see what will happen”.

“With the little resources the state gets, our government will improve on infrastructure as we can, our people will continue to see the changes in the coming weeks.

“Our government is making efforts to ensure that our people have adequate security with the procurement of Hilux vehicles and engagement of various security agencies in the team code named “Operation Flush.”

He criticisms from the opposition political parties are welcome, while insisting that Abia people are wiser judging from what his administration has offered in the past four months.

Speaking on accountability, the governor affirmed that journalists can have access to any information they want as regards the allocation that comes into the state and amount paid for any contract given, instead of believing the speculated 500 billion naira rumoured to have accrued to the state in two months from the federal government.

“There’s no problem with transparency, the information is in the public domain. I cannot stay here and throw figures in the air, there’s nothing we are doing here that is hidden. If such money comes in, what did they(previous administration) do with the money?

The governor said that the Aba Specialist Hospital is not abandoned, but “taking things one step at a time to provide good health services for the people

He added that Local Government election will be conducted in state but Transition Committee Chairmen will be appointed to take care of administrative activities until before the election.

“The transition committee will lead to the local government election, we don’t have the time table yet.” Governor Otti said.

He said the security vote will be used on what it is meant for and will not be allowed to be used for other purposes.

“It is all about deploring money to work for Abia people, gone are the days when monies are shared. We now have the Abia state Orientation Agency and the whole idea is for people to begin to think and see life differently. People have been used to doing things the wrong way in Abia.”