Accolades as Ikpeazu inuagurates new ASOPADEC building, Umuahia relief market, other projects
By Steve Oko
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State weekend, inaugurated the new multi-million Naira Abia State Oil Producing Area Commission (ASOPADEC) office headquarters complex at Winners Chapel Way, Government Station Layout, Ogurube, Umuahia.
This is as residents poured encomiums on the governor as he moved from one community to the other commissioning some of the projects completed in his second term.
Speaking at the glamorous event which drew crowds from across the oil producing communities in the state, Ikpeazu said ASOPADEC deserved a befitting office, avering that commission has been touching lives of Abians through its many people-oriented projects.
The governor said ASOPADEC “is a catalyst that helps government touch lives of Abians”, and commended the management of the commission for its giant strides.
Gov. Ikpeazu directed the management of the commission to identify all communities in the state without electricity and potable water with a view to ending their ordeals.
“Even if we are unable to attend to all of them before the end of my tenure, at least we shall do our best “, he declared.
Earlier in his address, Chairman of ASOPADEC, Chief Samuel Nwogu, credited the achievements of the commission to the governor’s support.
He said over 50 projects had been completed by the commission and were ready for inauguration while others were at various stages of completion.
The Governor also commissioned the ultra -mordern Relief Market at Amuzukwu Umuahia, which he said would house all vegetable traders and other dealers on perishables currently staying at Isigate.
Ikpeazu said he was not happy about the chaotic nature of the popular Isi gate area of Umuahia capital city due to obstructions by these traders, hence, his decision to provide them with alternative market before relocating them.
He, therefore, directed them to relocate to the new market within 10 days or brace up for the full weight of law.
Ikpeazu donated N5000 cash to each of the market women who displayed their wares at the new market during the commissioning.
The relief market has electricity and toilet facilities .
Other projects inaugurated by the governor included Ozuiten Water Scheme where he expressed satisfaction with the quality of work done by the local contractor; and rice mills.
Ikpeazu at Ozuitem, restated his administration’s resolve to ensure rural community in the state is provided with potable water.
He also commissioned Rice mills at Uzuakoli and Acha Isuikwuato respectively.
The Governor said he was moved to establish the Acha rice mill to end the plights of the rice farmers, mostly women who travel to the neighbouring Ebonyi community to mill their rice.
He later handed over the N20 million rice mill with de-stoner to the women in the agrarian community, and promised to encourage farmers with other incentives.
Ikpeazu also inspected the ongoing building by his government at the permanent site of the Zone 9 Police Headquarters near the Abia State House of Assembly.
He expressed satisfaction at the level of work at the site and promised to deliver the project on time.
The Governor who was on tour of projects embarked upon by his administration also laid the foundation for the Isuikwuato modern motor park at Ahaba.