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Abia Begins Building Of Gateways, Beautification Of Boundaries

Governor Alex Otti of Abia State on Monday announced that the government has begun a process to beautify and standardise the gateways into the State with the construction of monuments at all the borders with neighbouring states.

Otti said this at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Umuikaa District Headquarters, Isiala-Ngwa South Local Government Area, where he observed the Sabbath worship at the weekend.

The Governor announced to the congregation that the dualisation of Umuikaa-Owerrinta Road which will terminate at the boundary by Imo River Bridge with Imo State was about to start.

According to Kazie Uko, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Otti, his principal
said that the idea behind the monuments is to have a refreshing unique identity that alerts visitors or those traveling through the State when they get into Abia.

Otti reiterated that he wants visitors who often visit Abia to experience a different sight if they are entering any part of Abia State.

According to Otti, at Imo River, there will be a monument, and there will also be another one at Onu Imo (the border with Imo between Mbaise and Umuahia).

“Also have it at Umunneochi (on the Enugu-Umuahia-Aba Expressway), Nguzu Edda (in Ohafia LGA), Onicha Ngwa Nlagu (in Obingwa LGA), and we will also have it at Obigbo (border with Rivers State). When you enter any part of Abia, you will know that you have entered Abia.”

Otti assured that all those whose buildings and properties will be affected by the dualisation have nothing to worry about as they will be duly compensated by the government, a precedent that was set with the six-lane dual carriage Ossah Road in Umuahia.

“I’m sorry that some fences and buildings would be pulled down. But before we pull any fence or building down, we will pay compensation.

“If you are in doubt, go and ask Ossah people. We pulled down over two hundred buildings there. But before we did that, we paid a hundred per cent compensation to the owners, which they used to build elsewhere.”

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