By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA—A delegation from the headquarters of the African Development Bank, AfDB, in Abidjan, was in Abia State, Tuesday, to inspect the various dilapidated Federal Roads in Aba with a view to working on them.
Led by Mr. Mwila Aeron Katambula, the Bank’s Transport Specialist, the visit, according to officials of Abia State government, was the final lap of talks between the government and AfDB on some projects of interest to the bank in the state.
Receiving the AfDB team and some officials from the Federal Ministry of Works Abuja, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu said that Abia State was eager to see the commencement of reconstruction of some major roads in Aba, particularly, the strategic Port Harcourt and Ikot Ekpene roads.
“Road infrastructure is very important to us in Aba. Apart from being the commercial nerve Centre of Abia, Aba is the Small and Medium Entrepreneurial Centre of Nigeria. Aba is very important to the economy of both Abia and Nigeria.
“So, the issue of road infrastructure, waste management and storm water management are the challenges we face in Aba”.
In his remarks, Katambula said: “We are eager to participate in the development of Abia State. Our mission today is a follow up to the meeting we had before, we want to ensure that everything is ready because we want to fast-track the projects that the bank will take up in Abia”.
The AfDB and FMW teams later held a meeting with the Commissioner for Works, Mr. Eziuche Ubani, and his Finance counterpart, Mr. Obinna Oriaku and other top state government officials after Ubani led the two teams to Aba for on the-spot assessment of the two key Federal Roads, Port Harcourt and Ikot Ekpene Roads.
It learned that AfDB has since conducted technical analyses and studies of the roads before releasing funds for fixing them.