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Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti, has flagged off the construction of a 3.5-kilometre, 6-lane road expansion project, stretching from Okpara Square to Ossah, Abia Express Tower, with the commitment to enhancing the development of Umuahia, the State capital.

The 6 6-lanexpansion project is expected to be constructed to high structural standards, incorporating drainage systems and sidewalks on both sides with approved stone base specifications to include a 200-millimetre base and a 40-millimetre wearing course, among other requirements.

Speaking during the flag-off ceremony held at Okpara Square Umuahia, Governor Otti assured more developmental projects for Umuahia, the capital city and emphasized that the six-lane road expansion work would continue from Abia Tower up to the Onuimo axis of the state.

He said; “The other good news is that by the time you get to the Tower from here, we would have completed t this phase and given out the contract for the road to continue beyond the Tower into Onuimo and it is going to be the same specifications; six lanes with walkways and drainage system“.

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Governor Otti expressed belief that the project would enhance the aesthetics of Umuahia and establish its rightful status as the capital city.

The Governor who acknowledged the challenges faced in reaching the milestone, emphasized that the state government had persevered in conducting the necessary assessments.

He underscored the government’s principle of avoiding undue hardship to its citizens, noting that funds for compensation for the affected 130 claimants were secured before the commencement of demolition ahead of the expansion work.

Governor Otti also disclosed his administration’s plans to kickstart the construction of various roads, including Imo River, Owerrinta, Umuene, Obikabia to Ukegbu, Ikot Ekpene, and Aba roads, with the aim of decongesting Aba and improving traffic flow.

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Governor Otti expressed confidence in the construction company’s capabilities, describing it as a reputable international firm capable of successfully delivering the project.

Governor Otti expressed gratitude to the traditional rulers from the Ossah communities for their support in advancing the government’s plans for expanding and enhancing the road infrastructure.

The Commissioner for Works, Engr Don Otumchere Oti in his remarks said the project which marks another milestone of the present administration is the first six-lane project in Abia state and added that the Governor has by this move etched his name on the annals of history.

The Commissioner listed the approved stone base specifications to include a 200-millimeter base and a 40-millimeter wearing course, among other requirements.

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This is the highest structure of any road you can find in this country and we believe that this road is going to stand the test of time”, the Commissioner further assured.