Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, has begun demolishing 130 buildings to kickstart the construction of a six-lane road project in Umuahia, aimed at opening up the capital for development.
Naija News learned that some owners of demolished structures, especially those at Okigwe Motor Park, were in tears as bulldozers crushed their properties.
Introducing the project, Otti explained in his speech that the road expansion is in line with his administration’s plan to transform the state capital into a modern city.
He emphasized that the road when completed will give a new look to the capital Abia and enhance its beauty.
Speaking about some of the challenges faced during the conceptualization phase of the project, the Governor said some villagers pleaded that they be allowed to exhume and rebury their deceased loved ones, but the owners of 130 destroyed structures were compensated. In his speech, Eze Emelike Chiabuotu of Ossah community commended the governor for commencing construction of a major road project from his kingdom, saying the project would transform his area after complete.
Meanwhile, bulldozers of the Abia State Ministry of Works in Umuahia and officials of the Umuahia Capital Development Authority (UCDA) were in action, demolishing structures marked by the Ministry of Public Works.
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