Abia State Government says it would soon embark on the dualisation of Ossah Road Umuahia from the Enugu/Port Harcourt Express Tower Junction to Michael Okpara Square, right inside the Umuahia City centre.
Commissioner for Information, Prince Okey Kanu who disclosed this during a press conference at the Government House Umuahia after the State Executive Council meeting, said that the project is part of efforts to uplift the status of Umuahia from a glorified village into a befitting state capital.
The Commissioner who was flanked at the briefing by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Mrs Ngozi Okoronkwo; and her Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs counterpart, Uzor Nwachukwu, said other important city roads including Umuahia -Ikot Ekpene Road; and Aba/Owerri Road, would soon get the attention of Government.
He also said that very soon major reconstruction of the dilapidated Port Harcourt Road Aba, and other strategic roads in the commercial city would begin.
Adding his voice, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Nwachukwu, said that Gov. Otti had directed the jacking up of monthly stipends of Traditional Rulers in the state from three to constitutional five per cent in keeping with his campaign promises.
He also explained that the delays in the payment of staff of Local Governments as well as primary school and Junior Secondary School teachers were due to the on-going biometric verification exercise.