Umuahia – Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State, yesterday, said that his predecessors feared developing Aba the commercial centre of the state as a result of massive reconstruction work that it will take to put the commercial nerve centre of the state on a right footing.
Orji said successive governments only paid lip services in the business of governance and had no road-map on the development of the state.
According to the governor, if successive governments in Abia had done anything in the past to address the infrastructural decay, particularly roads in Aba, it wouldn’t have been burdensome as it was today to tackle due to the “enormity of workload which was overlooked in the past.”
In a statement, Mr. Ben Onyechere, Special Adviser to Governor on Public Communication, said: “The issue is that the government is saddled with numerous other responsibilities in addition to the repair of roads in Aba in order to accomplish a total regeneration of a new Abia so as to give it the status befitting of a state which has suffered underdevelopment for long due to the negligent attitude of the past administration.
“It is also important to acknowledge that the government does not possess a magic wand to stop the rain as it must take its full course neither could the government drag the Federal Government by the nose for it to rebuild federal roads in Abia since they have showed goodwill and commitment to reconstruct roads after the rain.”