BreakingNews 28/5/16 - Ikpeazu`s Systematic Initiatives to Reposition Abia State

[ Masterweb Reports: Ojo Maduekwe reports ] -  Later this year when Abia State turns 25 in August 27, stakeholders in retrospect will reach the conclusion that Abia has moved from a state of disorder to one of structured orderliness, and significant number will agree that this feat was bolstered by the developmental strides of the administration of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, whichclocked a year on May 29.



Within this exciting period of Governor Ikpeazu’s leadership, the Government in partnership with the State House of Assembly has passed laws to setup key boards and agencies to enhance good governance in some sectors such as transport, education, urban development, etc. Also through Executive power, committees were setup for intervention in critical sectors.



Take for instance, to curb lawlessness and ensure the restoration of sanity on the roads, Government created the Transport and Indiscipline ManagementAgency of Abia State (TIMAAS) to enforce traffic laws and penalise defaulters. The agency isempowered by law to also regulate parking in the State and check unlawful activities of vehicle owners.



Before the coming of the administration of Governor Ikpeazu the skyline of Abia State and public fences were being defaced by all manner of advert billboards and posters. Now the State has what is called Abia Signage and Advertising Agency (ABSAA), created to regulate indiscriminate mounting of signboards and other signage in the State for the purpose of restoring sanity.

In this era of decline in the monthly federal allocation to States, necessitated by poor returns in oil revenue, the importance of the passage of the Abia State Solid Minerals Law No. 3 of 2016 cannot be overstated, the aim of which is to change the operations and improve the revenue accruable to the State Government from this sector. And to show Government’s seriousness, the Governor recently approved the constitution of the Abia State Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO) to assist the State in gettingmaximum value from the sector.



News of Governor Ikpeazu’s committed engagement in turning around the fortunes of the city of Aba may have travelled across the country and remains exhilarating but not many people know of the role played by the creation of the Aba Urban Renewal Agency with the responsibility of restoring sanity to Aba and ensure that the distortion of the city-scape is halted.



Illegally constructed buildings are being restored back to their original purposes, while make-shift and unauthorised markets are being dismantled and houses built on drainagepulled down to ensure longevity of infrastructure and general order in the city of Aba. Prior to this time there were talks of Aba being the “dirtiest city in Nigeria”, but not anymore.

One of the reasons why Aba was categorised “dirty” was due to the conditions of markets located in the city. To address this, Government set up the Abia State Market Development Committee for the purpose of “redesigning, remodelling and reconstruction” of major markets, such as Government intends to do with 

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