Abia state government says it has resolved to tackle once and for all the persistent flooding of major roads in Aba in order to attract patronage to commercial activities in the city.
The commissioner for Works, Hon Eziuche Ubani who disclosed this while inspecting the drainage system of roads in Aba with officials of SETRACO Nig Ltd. noted that the issue with Aba roads has been that of flood management.
According to him, the flooding at Ariaria market has particularly discouraged people from patronizing the market and stated that the government is determined to find a lasting solution to the problem of flooding in Aba.
The commissioner stated that plans have been concluded to discharge flood water at Ariaria and adjoining roads at Ifeobara basin, pointing out that though past governments have tried it without success, he was optimistic that the plan will work this time around considering the experts that have been recruited to work on the design.
Hon Ubani said that the state governmentâ€™s approach is to fix roads and drains in Aba first and then handle the issue of refuse on the roads later.
He expressed satisfaction with the contractors handling road projects in Aba for their diligence and urged them to keep it up.
In his speech, the Technical Director of setraco Nig Nig Ltd.Dr KP Ray Chaudhuri appreciated the state Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu for inviting the company to resolve the perennial flooding in the commercial city of Aba and assured of their capacity to control flooding in Aba.
In an interview with the permanent secretary,Elder Richard Nwala who accompanied the commissioner on the inspection visit, he assured that the state government is committed to giving a face-lift to roads in Aba and called on Aba residents to pay their tax to enable the government serve them better.
Among the roads inspected by the commissioner with the setraco officials were old express, Omuma ,Okigwe, Cemetry, Ngwa Road and Aba Owerri Roads.