By Ugochukwu Alaribe
AS Governor Okezie Ikpeazu enters the second yr of his second time period in workplace, some residents of the state have stated that regardless of his modest achievements, extra efforts are wanted to confront the challenges bedevilling the state.
Some residents, who spoke to Vanguard described the governor’s efficiency within the final 12 months as promising however urged him to prioritize provision of infrastructure and cost of salaries and pensions, to ease the struggling of the individuals.
A businessman, Onyekachi Michael, who famous that Ikpeazu has improved companies within the state by means of the promotion of made in Aba merchandise, urged the governor to handle the issue of a number of taxation by a number of process pressure groups that harass businessmen within the state.
He stated: “I acknowledge that Governor Ikpeazu has improved businesses in the state through the promotion of made in Aba goods, but businessmen are still suffering from multiple taxation. Some businesses have gone under because of the activities of thugs backed by government agencies. The government has failed to address this problem. It is also a fact that the government undertook too many projects at the same time. There is need to concentrate on few projects and conclude them before embarking on others. I think this has affected the timely completion of the projects embarked upon by the state government.”
He additionally blamed the state of affairs for the delay within the completion of the Osisioma interchange on the Enugu – Port Harcourt expressway, which was flagged off throughout the governor’s first time period.
Vanguard additional gathered that the governor has commissioned about 86 roads in Aba and Umuahia, whereas work is ongoing on 74. Investigations revealed that almost all vital roads within the state, particularly in Aba, are nonetheless in dilapidated state. Such roads embrace Obohia, Ngwa, Ohanku, Port Harcourt, and Omuma roads. Among roads the place work is ongoing is Milverton, Eziukwu, Ojike, Osusu, Faulks in addition to the outdated Aba- Umuahia roads resulting in the governor’s village.
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A political analyst, Substance Eke accused the state authorities of failing in conserving its social contract with the individuals.
“My opinion is that the Ikpeazu administration has failed in most of its social contract with the people. He has been unable to convince us that the state has gotten the much needed break from the dark era. Im pained that people are no longer free to speak their minds without being harassed. We need a change in Abia, the governor must summon the political will to step on toes and take tough decisions. However, he still has ample time to write his name in gold,” he stated.
Reacting to the criticisms on sluggish tempo of labor on some ongoing initiatives by the Ikpeazu administration, Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, assured that the state is dedicated to delivering high quality initiatives that might outlive it.
His phrases: “For some roads, we deployed cement pavement expertise to make sure longevity. We did it at Ehere, Ochefu, Umuola, Eziukwu, Osusu and Owerri roads. Four years after, Ehere street and others are nonetheless standing robust. We are usually not bothered concerning the noise that we’re sluggish, fairly we’re decided to ship high quality jobs. What we’ve performed that others couldn’t do is that each single undertaking should have a drainage that results in a significant storm water channel that will get to our pure storm assortment level which is Aba River.
“Once you do the drainages, the roads would last. We are delivering quality roads that will outlive the Ikpeazu administration. Those coming after Ikpeazu will not suffer what the governor has passed through returning to fix roads earlier rehabilitated by previous administrations.”