The Governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress, (ADC) in Abia State, Bishop Dr. Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha, has stressed the need to improve the economic activities between Aba and Rivers State by fixing the abandoned Aba/ Port Harcourt express road.
Bishop Dr. Onuoha, decried that economic activities around Port Harcourt road Aba and other parts of Aba, has been rendered redundant due to the deplorable state of the Aba/Port Harcourt express road, noting that those doing businesses in the area and their families are passing through difficult times due to the poor state of the road which has prevented investors from Rivers State.
The Methodist cleric who was interacting with newsmen on Tuesday on the need to fix the Aba/ Port Harcourt express road in order to restore economic activity between Aba and Rivers State, said it has become imperative for the Abia and Rivers State Governments to synergize with a view to persuading Federal Government to fix the Port Harcourt road as it has the potentials of increasing revenue base of the State.
He called on the Rivers and Abia State Governments to mount pressure on the federal government to fix the road for ease of business while also advising both States to, in the absence of FG’s response, fix the road and seek refund after.
Bishop Dr. Onuoha, said apart from serving as an alternative route to those traveling to Rivers State, the road if fixed, will increase the presence of investors in Aba, maintaining that investors especially those coming from Rivers State have cited the deplorable state of the Aba/Port Harcourt express road as enough discouragement.
The ADC Governorship candidate who said Aba is blessed with abundant human and material resources, reiterated that all that was needed was for the State Government to unlock areas that have infrastructural deficits, adding that this will go a long way in placing Aba above other commercial cities in the South-East and Nigeria at large.
In his words, Bishop Dr. Onuoha said, “As someone who grew up in Aba, I have always seen Aba as a city that is blessed with enormous human and material resources. Aba is still blessed till today, what she lacks is better infrastructure and until this is done, there will continue to be paucity of investors as no one can invest where there are no better routes to transfer goods and services.
“It is imperative that the State Government does more in this regard by fixing infrastructural deficits which have continued to reduce economic activities in the commercial hub of Abia State.”
On the commissioned Osisioma Interchange, Bishop Onuoha congratulated Governor Ikpeazu for writing his name in the annals of history, emphasizing that while the Osisioma Interchange takes care of the traffic congestion around Osisioma junction, it is also pertinent to fix the/Aba/Port Harcourt express road for ease of business in the area.