The Abia state government says it has completed the process of acquisition of a fresh site at Ahiaudele for the relocation of butchers currently operating at the head bridge at Aba waterside.
This was part of the decisions reached at the state Executive Council meeting held in Umuahia.
Briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Eze Chikamnayo said government would proceed to provide the necessary facilities at the new site as well as partner with the traders and other private investors to erect the stores and then followed by the final movement of traders to the new site.
Chief Chikamnayo announced government’s intention to commence the immediate dredging of the Aba River as soon as the relocation exercise was completed.
He said that some professionals had engaged to commence the process of relocating some Abia state university faculties to Umuahia, noting that they were expected to produce detailed architectural plans for the faculty buildings and other structures in the new site.
The commissioner stated that EXCO commended the Governor for his vision, courage and sense of responsibility that led to the reopening of the Osisioma depot that closed for so many years, pointing out that the Governor through the revamping of the depot demonstrated his love for Abians whose source of livelihood has been restored to its spiral effect on economic activities in Aba and environs. He revealed that EXCO lauded the Governor for institutionalizing the security apparatus necessary for sustenance of the security of the pipelines from vandals.
Chief Chief Chikamnayo said approval was also given for the establishment of Abia State Implementation Unit (SPIU) of the Rural Access and Mobility Project( RAMP) and also the release of funds for same.
He said when established, the state project implementation Unit would work in partnership with RAMP and other development partners to actualize 130.9km rural roads in the first instance and 500km rural roads before the end of 2013.
The information boss said approval was also given by the council for the engagement of a consultant/company to generate revenue data base for Abia state, noting that data enumeration is a critical infrastructure for the orderly development of a state.
According to him, the planned exercise is aimed at achieving a state-wide inventory of assets and resources as well as revenue sources.
He remarked that that the Ministry of Transport was commended for its efforts as it concerns the closure of illegal motor parks and was directed to put all necessary measures in place to sustain the success already achieved.
On flooding in Aba, Chief Chikamnayo said the council applauded the measures been taken by government to ensure that flooding in Aba is completely checked and condemned the indiscriminate building of structures in drain lines and obstruction of water ways.
The Commissioner noted that the governor was commended for his resolve to demolish illegal structures in order to give Aba residents the desired respite from the menace of perennial flooding and urged Aba residents to voluntarily vacate from all such shanties and illegal structures before the force set up by government moves in.