By Chijindu Emeruwa
The main opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abia State, has lamented the deplorable state of Infrastructures in the State.
APC said Abia was stagnant due to what it described as clumsy leadership, coupled with mundane political manoeuvres that have made Abia look very allergic to growth and development.
The Abia opposition Party, in a press statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Comrade Benedict Godson and made available to newsmen, in Umuahia, Sunday.
The statement which read partly, further stated, “in an age where other states are celebrating wonderful infrastructural development and multiplicity of super highways of road networks all over their cities, Abia is crawling and celebrating a roundabout at Obikabia Junction, in Ogbor-Hill, Aba.
“To some, this is laughable, but to us as a party, it’s something every Abian should cry and weep about. This current administration came into power the same day with majority of their colleagues in our neighbouring states, but today, who’ll compare Abia with any neighbouring state? We’re crawling while they’re running.
“No single important road has been constructed and completed in Aba and Umuahia for complete five years. The current administration always shy away from the simple thing our people want and need, but choose to play to the gallery whenever they think they did one laughable project.
“Most important roads in Aba like, Port Harcourt, Obohia road, Ngwa road, Ohanku road, Omuma road, Old Express road, Amaukwu road and Ayaba-Umeze road are getting worst and our people are suffering on these roads.
“This PDP administration has been constructing drainage at Aba-Owerri road since 2015. They did Eziukwu road halfway and abandoned it while minor streets like Osusu and Immaculate are yet to be completed.
“They have special skills of cutting roads into three to four parts during any of their unending constructions just to confuse the unsuspecting residents about their deceitful seriousness. They always tell you Aba road in Umuahia is completed, but they’ll never say it didn’t get to the whole of Old Umuahia to Ubakala.
“Even the Ururuka road that leads to the Governor’s village, this administration is still dancing masquerade dance around it. Making mockery of themselves and abusing our sensibilities with their “Ogbuoge Road Construction Company” that keeps giving our
disorganized and directionless construction everywhere they go.
“No part of Abia is really motorable. Ukwa the only oil producing area in the state is looking like an abandoned area. People are now cut off from their neighbouring communities, as bad roads have practically carved a new republic in Ukwa land as rich as she is.
“Here is a state that has no enough teachers in our public secondary schools, but this administration was bold enough to sack over 5,000 teachers it employed with the excuse that their employment wasn’t legal. But, they watched from 2018-2020 when their appointee in SEMB was busy collecting huge amount of money from those innocent Abians for employment in their own state. God is alive, we must remember.
“It’s unfortunate that after 29 years, Abia still see salary payment as an achievement. This administration has so much impoverished our people to the extent that any crumb from their tables is appreciated by a large population of people they’ve made permanently hungry.
Meanwhile, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, has disclosed that his administration had worked on 200 roads and assured that before the end of his administration, he would ensure the completion of the new Government House, JAAC Secretariat, as well as deliver on a new airport.
Ikpeazu, made the disclosure during the grand finale of the 29th anniversary celebration of the creation of the State held at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia, last Thursday, lauded the relative peace and political stability in the State.