I think those sharing pictures of flooded roads in some areas in Aba are doing so out of malice. They are not doing so because their conscience direct them to embark on such malicious campaign but because they have the utmost interests of their political pay masters to protect and project. The truth is that we all have conscience and our conscience primarily can be just.
Though some people will rather prefer to rebel against their own conscience and against humanity. However, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu considering all his past and present political travails in the hands of some desperate Abia power grabbers who are bent on distracting him since May 29th 2015, now engaged their online media hirelings with a new task of publishing both original and fake pictures of flooded roads on Internet. This is another mission impossible because the people are more aware, elections and politicking are over. It is the time to allow Okezie Ikpeazu to do his work.
I know I am not in the position to speak for the rest of us but I can rightly state that the rest of us are aware of the distractions caused by the Court of Appeal, Owerri judgement and Justice Okon Abang of Abuja High Court judgement. The former pronounced Mazi Alex Otti Governor while the latter pronounced Mazi Uche Ogah Governor. Abia now has two of his sons introducing themselves as "His Excellency" or made Governors by the courts in the space of 14 months.
Abians, especially Aba residents particularly Ariara traders and Faulks road users have seen and confirmed the zeal in which Governor Okezie Ikpeazu have embarked on massive quality road constructions and reconstructions in Aba. With reference to Faulks road down to Ariara Ukwu mango, the administration of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu considering the permanent solution to the perennial flooding which is mainly caused by human activities and natural forces, set aside 6.8 billion Naira for the 4.7 KM Faulks road, Ariara, Ukwu Mango Road. Part of the funds will be used to build the 5.6 km ifeobara to Aba River under ground water collection basin.
The rest of us are aware that Okezie Ikpeazu so far, is on 60 active road construction sites; out of which 35 are completed. And 22 of the completed roads are in Aba. Most of these 22 roads were built using the rigid concrete technology, they were built to last for over 50 years. We are also aware that the AFDB are in the State, an MOU has been signed with counterpart funds paid for the reconstruction of the newly redesigned Aba/ Port Harcourt Road. The AFDB special project will include other major rural roads and erosion control works across the State.
The rest of us are not complaining because we have agreed with our Governor that Aba is undeniably the commercial and entrepreneurial capital of South Eastern Nigeria. With this in our minds, we see Aba as very important to the economy of our dear State. The massive concentration of constructions in Aba will boost commercial activities which will in turn trickle down...The taxes that will be accrued from the commercial activities go on in Aba will fund the development of the rest of the State while having positive impact on the Gross Domestic Product of the State.
The rest of us are appealing to the conscience of those bent on distracting our Governor to stop, elections are over. Nigeria is in a deep recession and recession is never a period to destroy or cause distractions. Yes criticism is welcome in a democracy and he welcomes it but unjust action against the State and its institutions will be unfair to the rest of us, Abians. Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and his team should be allowed to concentrate on the tasks of improving the lives of Abians. We should be moving forward and together we can move forward.
Nnaji Obed Asiegbu
SSA egov (Gov)