Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has assured that construction work would soon start at the new Government House, Ogurube Layout, Umuahia.
Governor Ikpeazu gave the assurance when he embarked on an inspection tour of the new Government House project.
The work, which was started by the immediate past governor of the state Senator Theodore Ahamefule Orji, came to an abrupt stop when Orji left office with the hope that his successor would see to the completion of the project since the present Government House was said to have since 1999 been located in a private property.
Our reporter gathered that the inability of the present administration in the state to ensure completion of the project in its first four years has attracted criticisms from Abians and opposition parties in the state, but with the present steps taken by the state government, his supporters and well-meaning Abians are optimistic that the state would save a lot of money when they operate from its permanent Government House.
According to Ikpeazu, the contractor will soon be mobilised back to site.
He further assured that the new Government House is so dear to his administration that he will not relent in ensuring its completion as soon as possible.
Governor Ikpeazu who invited the project contractor for a review meeting noted that apart from the new Government House project his administration has mobilised contractors handling various road projects across the state back to site for early completion and commissioning.
The governor confirmed that despite challenges of funding, the new Government House would be accorded the priority it deserves to ensure its completion. He declared that abandoning the project was not an option for the state government.
In a related development, Governor Ikpeazu has directed the State Ministry of Works, and Abia State Road Maintenance Agency (ABROMA) to ensure the immediate execution of palliative maintenance work at bad portions of Aba Road, Ikot Ekpene Road and Isi Gate areas of Umuahia pending the full mobilisation of contractors to work on the roads.
The governor said this is to ease the challenges faced by commuters along the roads within the state capital that should be maintained and assured that contractors have already been mobilized to complete Aba Road project and others within the state capital.