Aba roadside mechanics must move to Ovom by May – Ikpeazu
By Yolamchi Ukaga, Aba
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, has given mechanics and motor spare parts dealers, doing business by the roadsides in Aba up till May 31, 2021, to move into the Ovom Mechanic and Motor Spare Parts Industrial Cluster.
He stated that the greatest enemy of the newly constructed roads in Aba were mechanics and spare parts dealers who litter the roads with engine oil, fuel and other lubricants, which reduce the life span of roads.
Ikpeazu gave the directive after inspecting progress of work at the proposed Ovom Mechanic and Motor Spare Parts Industrial Cluster, Aba, which is still under construction.
The governor, who said that he was satisfied with the pace and quality of work on the cluster, explained that the plan of government was to provide a place where traders and their customers, would do business freely.
He announced that his administration was working hard to provide conducive business environment for the traders and spare parts dealers, pointing out that the industrial cluster would be provided with facilities such as police post, fire station and banks, all designed to make life easier for traders and their customers.
The governor further disclosed that expansion work had started on Opobo Junction, in Ogbor Hill area of Aba, while government was working hard to realise Ngwa Road, through Emelogu Street and assured that government will do its best to make the cluster functional.
Mba Emeh, permanent secretary, ministry of industry, who guided the governor on a tour of the facility, explained that over 800 of the 4,000 proposed shops had been completed at the cluster, noting that the cluster would be ready for commissioning May 31, 2021.
Emeh disclosed that the project was a private public partnership (PPP) initiative and assured that it would be realised within the stipulated time.
Eze Emmanuel Otete, traditional ruler of Isiala Ovom, who was on hand to receive the governor to his community, was grateful for the project and pledged the support of his people to ensure the project was realised.