The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, has flagged off the reconstruction of 4.6 km Faulks Road that covers Brass junction by Aba-Owerri road as well as Ariaria market by Ukwu-Mango and down to Port Harcourt Expressway.
The road construction is in line with the administration’s commitment to enhancing infrastructure that would encourage trade and commerce in Aba, the commercial city of Abia State.
Faulks Road has been in a deplorable condition for the past 18 years, hampering economic activities in Ariaria Market.
It has also caused untold hardship to residents, despite the effort made by past administrations to fix it.
The major impediment in the reconstruction of the road is tackling the Ifeobara basin near Ukwu-Mango.
The government has engaged the services of a construction company, SETRACO to solve the problem by constructing a 5.6km underground water channel that would discharge its content straight to Aba River
Ifeobara basin has been the reason behind the most devastating flood in the area, due to accumulated waste materials being dumped on the drains, that has blocked the drainage over time.
Shortly after flagging off the road, Governor Ikpeazu told the people in his native Ngwa language that the suffering and recurrent flood in the area had come to end.
Governor Ikpeazu drove out from the event amidst cheers and excitement from the people, who would be hoping that their show of support would translate to serious work to end the flooding.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has seized 278 kilogram of drugs ranging from cannabis, heroine, cocaine among others in Abia.
The NDLEA Abia Commandant, Bamidele Akingbade, made this known during the parade of three suspects at Aba on Tuesday.
Mr Akingbade hinted that the seizures were made in the last quarter of the 2015 while about 74 suspects had been arrested and about 50 kilogram of cannabis were seized.
The hoodlums have specialized in the act of carrying illicit drugs inside the boots of the vehicle where they dispersed them to buyers.
However, luck ran out on Louis Nwabata, a 30- year-old man who claimed that he buys the cannabis from the roadside at Ariaria market and engaged the under age children to sell it for him.
The State Commissioner of Police, Joshak Habila, hinted that the Abia Command would not leave any stone unturned in its commitment to rid the state of criminals and mischief makers.
The CP assured Abia residents and visitors to the state of adequate security. He urged the public to be cognizant of their environments and report any unwarranted lurking and loitering within their domain.
He said that residents should join hands to assist them in any way possible to prevent crime and ensure that they play safe by adhering to security tips.
A member of the House of Representatives has expressed the urgent need for the Federal Government and the National Assembly to investigate the increasing cases of brutality by security officials against Nigerians in different parts of the country.
Speaking in Abuja, the lawmaker said recently security officials stormed the Ariaria Market, killing three people in the process.
Representing Obingwa/Ugwunagbo/Osisioma Federal Constituency, Mr Solomon Adaelu, said the manner these officials who are meant to protect citizens go about doing their jobs leaves a lot to be desired and urged government to check the ugly trend.
Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has visited the Twelve ongoing road projects at different site in Aba, Abia State capital.
Speaking at a gathering on Tuesday, Governor Ikpeazu expressed concerns over the devastation of flood at the Ariaria market and some other parts of Aba.
The Governor hinted on the specific interest and need for the project contractors to focus majorly on construction of the drainages, in order to know the exact point where the floods are been channeled to during the rainy season.
He noted that new policies on the maintenance of public facilities in the state had been put in place to stop the bastardization of public facilities.
Governor Ikpeazu also cautioned that the era of washing cars on the roads is over in the state and urged the contractors to speed up work.