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Abia govt to open computerized vehicle center, explore solid minerals

The Abia State government will inaugurate a computerized vehicle center at Ubakala Umuahia South LGA on Wednesday this week.

The Abia State Commissioner for Information and Culture, Prince Okey Kanu, made this known to the press after this week’s State Executive Council meeting, which was presided over by Governor Alex Otti.

He stated that the goal was to ensure that all automobiles on Abia roads are roadworthy, as well as to reduce road carnage.

The Commissioner for Transport, Comrade Sunny Onwuma, noted in his contribution that the center is required to determine the number of vehicles that are roadworthy, adding that the cost of testing each little vehicle is 1,700 Naira only, while larger ones are 3000 Naira only.

According to Prince Kanu, the State Government is carrying out preparatory works on the Umuahia-Ikot-Ekpene Federal Road in order to provide the people with a motorable road.

He further revealed that, in accordance with the light up Abia initiative, about 36 streets in Umuahia have been lit up, and that the exercise will be extended to Aba- Owerri Road, Factory Road, MCC, Okigwe, and Brass roads, all in Aba. He stated that all new roads being built in Enyimba would be equipped with street lights.

Prof. Joel Ogbonna, Commissioner for Petroleum and Mineral Resources, also stated that the State Government is ready to explore the variety of solid minerals that Abia is endowed with, adding that the government is committed to tapping such minerals as gold, kaoline, and limestone, among others. He claimed that around 17 solid minerals are available for extraction, claiming that this would give investment and job prospects while also increasing the State’s revenue base.

Prof. Ogbonna noted that the government is currently planning to assess the quantity of available solid minerals in the state and determine whether the minerals are commercially viable before beginning exploration.

Engr. Don Otumchere Oti, the Commissioner for Works, also spoke.

stated the delay in starting work on the six-lane Ossah road was due to the processes involved, disclosing that actual work cannot begin without payment of compensation and removal of structures.

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