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Ngwa Road Works: Abia seals petrol station to curb workers’ assault

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Joe Akwarandu, Umuahia

Abia state governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has directed the immediate sealing of a filling station at Ngwa Road, Aba.

The move is sequel to the incessant obstruction of construction work presently ongoing at Ngwa Road, coupled with harassment and physical assault of construction workers and staff of the State Ministry of Environment who are engaged on the project by owners and workers of the said petrol station.

In a release signed by the chief press secretary to the governor, Onyebuchi Ememanka, the order shall remain operative until the Ngwa Road project is completed and commissioned.

Part of the release further states that: “the ongoing reconstruction work on Ngwa Road and other adjoining roads under the NEWMAP projects and indeed, all projects in Abia State, done with tax payers’ money are of fundamental importance to the government of Abia State and under no circumstances whatsoever will government stand and watch unscrupulous persons get in the way of such projects.

“The Governor hereby directs the executive chairman of Aba South LGA, the Area Commander of the Nigeria Police, Aba and the relevant Divisional Police Officers, the Commander of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Aba and the General Manager of the Traffic and Indiscipline Management Agency of Abia State (TIMAAS) to immediately ensure the full implementation of this directive.

The governor warned the operators of the said petrol station that any further disturbances from them against those lawfully engaged in the reconstruction work will attract an immediate revocation of the Certificate of Occupancy for that property, which shall be done without any further reference to the persons involved.

He reiterated his earlier warning to any person or group of persons, by whatever name called who plans to disrupt the work at Ngwa Road or any other project site in the State, under any guise whatsoever, that the full weight of the state government will be unleashed on them adding that the State government will not tolerate any acts of sabotage against the efforts put in place and aimed at rebuilding the state infrastructure.

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