By ANAYO OKOLI
UMUAHIA — GOVERNOR Theodore Orji of Abia State, yesterday inaugurated the Abia State Road Maintenance Agency, ABROMA, with charge to ensure that there were no more bad roads in the state. The seven-man committee was also charged to ensure that all potholes on the state roads were repaired.
Inaugurating the agency, Orji said the agency was part of the transformation agenda of his administration in ensuring that roads constructed were kept in a good condition at all times. Orji who lamented the poor state of the road, noted that they required urgent attention, attributing the poor state of the roads to lack of maintenance culture that must be addressed without delay.
He urged members of the committee to ensure that all the roads constructed were maintained and reminded them that they had been chosen on merit.
According to him,“because of this people think that government has not been doing much on the roads, therefore one of the ways to correct that impression was through this agency”.
The roads will come to nothing if they are not well maintained, which is why we have decided to inaugurate the road maintenance agency to help out in that area. All these roads we have laboured to build and other infrastructure in the state will come to nothing if they are not maintained, this time around the issue of maintenance culture will now be on the front burner of government activities.”
Members of the agency are Engr. Joe Ikechukwu Emesobu, chairman; Engr. Ndukwe Oji Agu, General Manager, the state director of federal roads, state director of works and two others as members of the committee.