THE EDUCATOR - October 3 2019


Ikpeazu to Complete Aba Flyover Project

Henry Uwalaka

Much have been said about the construction of the first ever flyover in Abia State at Osisioma Aba by the present administration of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu. Some opinions have said that the project has taken too long to deliver thus tagging it a tall vision. Yet many believe that governor Okezie Ikpeazu who only conceived and started the project in 2017 has a mission of not only to construct a bridge but to give Abia the best.

The project if completed will ease the traffic challenges being experienced within the Osisioma junction of Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, Aba- Owerri road, and other areas along Osisioma axis. Moreover, Aba is the commercial hub of Abia state, and one of the major economic cities of Nigeria, therefore many say some necessary steps taken by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to redesign the Enyimba city so as to suit the present economic realities like the construction of the Osisioma flyover, new Enyimba economic city and other infrastructural development is very much achievable.

Reacting in his facebook page over the Osisioma flyover, the Abia state commissioner for information Hon. John Okiyi Kalu described the reactions and comments of some individuals over the delay in completion of Osisioma flyover as in the case of the story of the tortoise who was confined beside a public toilet for an offense he allegedly committed, and when it was time to free him after serving the jail term, he started shouting to those who were already there to free him “Release me quickly before I suffocate from the stench of this toilet”.

He said; “Those who do not know where we are coming from might continue to think and behave like the famous tortoise. Such people will also scream and shout that we are celebrating street lighting because they don’t know that before Governor Ikpeazu there was no single street light at Aba, the commercial capital of the state.”

According to his statements, Hon. Okiyi Kalu believe that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has written his name in history for being the first governor to construct the first ever flyover in Abia State.

The Abia information commissioner said though the original plan was to complete the project in two years time, but was delayed till this time as a result of paucity of funds. “While the original plan was for the project to be completed in 2 years, paucity of funds has delayed the completion of the project to date”, he said.

Okiyi Kalu in his statements disclosed the governor’s position and progress made so far. “After his re-election in 2019, Governor Ikpeazu gave marching orders to the contractors handling the flyover to ensure completion before the end of the year. When the contractors returned to site, after receiving further funds for the project, they encountered a fresh challenge: persistent heavy rainfall in Aba. According to the contractors, it would be difficult to step down both ends at this time because of the water logged road divide where the final work is to be done. They explained to the Governor that if they go ahead to do the work at this time chances are that the bridge would ultimately crack within a short time and endanger the lives of road users”.

“In his response, Governor Ikpeazu simply said “Wait till the rain abates and do the job...I will not sacrifice quality for speed”.

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Matthew Enyinnaya Clinton said “In the beginning they called it borehole... When the contractor started fixing the pre-cast beams and columns, they changed the narrative... Why is it taken so long....? Ikpeazu will shame all his critics. My last visit to Osisioma Flyover... The top surface of the bridge was being prepared for casting”.

“Anybody who doesn't understand that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu prefers quality to quantity no matter how long it takes should continue to wail. Well meaning Abians understand. Surely, Governor Ikpeazu will deliver the first ever flyover to Ndi Abia”, Joshua Chisom said.

Also, Chinonye Mba said “They want to mock Gov Ikpeazu for building the types that are already falling down in our neighbouring state. Gov Ikpeazu is resolute. He is determined to leave a legacy that will outlive him and our Generation. Let him continue and allow posterity to be the judge not the Naysayers”