Gov Ikpeazu gives reasons for delay in Aba flyover
* Declares operation zero pothole in Abia
By Steve Oko
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu has explained that the reason for the slow pace of work at the overhead bridge (flyover) at Osisioma junction Aba was to ensure its solidity and durability.
Ikpeazu who offered the explanation in response to a question by journalists after a project tour at the weekend, said that contrary to speculations that the project might have been abandoned, it was rather on full course.
He said the entire money needed to deliver the project had already been warehouesed in the bank.
The governor said a whopping N1 billion advance payment had already been paid to the contractor, adding that the total job so far done at the site is not up to N180 million.
He said that it was the contractor who advised against “rushing” the project to avoid its collapse due to the porous nature of the soil.
Ikpeazu said the contractor said it made no economic sense to deliver the project with speed only for it to cave in shortly afterwards.
According to him, he decided to allow professional advise instead of wasting Abia money just for political impression.
Ikpeazu who said it was “better to crawl like a tortoise and arrive safely”, urged Abians to disregard any speculation that government had abandoned the project.
He vowed to deliver the project as soon as the soil was strong enough to carry the weight of the casts, assuring that work would resume in full swing during dry season.
On the deplorable condition of roads in Umuahia the state capital, Ikpeazu said the high volume of rains was not helping matters.
He, however, announced that ‘Operation Zero Pothole ‘ would be declared in Aba and Umuahia as soon as the rains were over.
The governor urged residents to be patient with him , promising never to abandon any projects initiated by his administration.
The governor said the era of ‘Dubai roads’ in Abia was gone ,adding that no road would be constructed under his watch without drainage.
Ikpeazu said it was better to build only drainage without asphalting the road than asphalt a road without drainage while attributing the failure of most roads by previous administrations in Aba to lack of proper drainage system .
He expressed satisfaction with the quality of drainage being built on Port Harcourt Road Aba, saying that asphalting will commence as soon as the contractor is through with drainages.
He said attention would be given to the state new Government House project from June 2020.Steve Oko, Publisher/C.E.O, WaWa News Global. For more information on advert placement and news coverage, contact us on: 08038725600, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Always read WaWa News Global - Your most dependable online news platform for the latest breaking news in Nigeria.