Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, yesterday, said that Abia was an abandoned project because it had existed without a proper secretariat, government house, conference centre, sustainable water, electricity, good road network and reputable hospitals since after its creation.
In a statement by Mr. Ben Onyechere, Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Communication, the governor said his administration is saddled with enormous task of building a state from the scratch which is the reason “we are in a hurry to meet expectations of our people.”
He said: “My determination to rebuild Aba derives not only in the fact that it is the commercial nerve centre of the South East, but also to realise the dream of Mr. Sam Mbakwe, a former governor of the old Imo State, who shed tears at the state of the dilapidation of infrastructure in Aba at the inception of his tenure, which was the only real last effort to upgrade Aba before I came to power.
“The reconstruction of Aba which is presently hindered by the rainy season is the centre of my administration’s policy thrust and as such cannot be toyed with not only because it is the commercial nerve centre of the South East but as well as a unifying factor among the Igbo, particular when we remember the Aba women’s riot of 1929 which was a protestation against the taxation of women.
“The insinuation that government is not meeting its target in the city can only be made by people without the requisite experience both in pubic and private endevours.”
He urged Aba residents to brace up with the impending construction work that will commence after the rains.