Umahi to Construct Eight Flyovers In The Next 1 Year…To Focus On Industrialization, Empowerment, Health, Education…Dissolves Exco, Appoint New Accountant General

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By Oginyi Nkechinyere and Agnes Igwe

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has promised to construct extra eight flyovers in the state within the next one year and focus more on education, health, industrialization, empowerment, and welfare of workers.

Umahi broke the cheering news in Abakaliki immediately after his swearing in as the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State for the second term in office at Pa Ngele Oruta Township Stadium, Abakaliki.

The governor while presenting his blueprint stated that construction of the 8 extra flyovers was a measure to decongest the roads at strategic points like Union Bank Junction, Abakaliki, Nkalagu Junction among other places to reduce the rate of traffic crashes and deaths.

He disclosed that he will build a new Ebonyi economy that will be self-propelled, self-sustaining and self-reliant to reduce the risks of over dependence on Federal Government statutory allocations.

Meanwhile, Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Umahi has dissolved the state Executive Council and other principal officers of his government with the exception of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious and Welfare Matters, Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali.

Also dissolved from office include the head of service, Dr. Chambalin Nwele, Chief of Staff to the Government House, Mr. Offor Okorie,  Deputy Chief of Staff Office of the Deputy Governor, Professor Fidelise Okpata, Deputy Principal Secretary Office of the Governor’s Wife, Mr. Emmanuel Obasi and every other principal officers.

Umahi break the news in Abakaliki on Wednesday during the celebration of his second tenure inauguration in office.

He removed the state Accountant General Pastor (Mrs) Queen Agwu and announced the appointment of Mrs. Christiana Ogonna Ukwuta from Ishielu Local Government Area as the new Accountant general with effect from June 1st 2019.

The new Accountant general was the state sub -treasury before she was elevated to the position of accountant general of the state.

Governor Umahi ordered the state Executive council and principal officers to handover to permanent Secretaries in their different ministries and offices.

The Governor who used the medium to announce his intention to build New Ebonyi Economy, relocate the use of Abakpa market by traders for daily business.

He said henceforth, the Abakpa Market will be used for the sales of vegetables while building materials and Aluminium market located at the Akanu Ibiam Round About will now become Motor Park for transport buses.

He said the state government will help the Abakpa traders to secure soft loan from the bank and relocate to the state international market.

He said, “Because I am an unwavering optimist, I will direct government policies towards creating an enabling environment that will make Ebonyi the competitive investment destination of choice, unlocking opportunities for growth viz-a-viz private sector economic activities across the state; promoting entrepreneurship, improving the quality and functionality of our education and addressing youth unemployment (our biggest social challenge), as well as continuing on the trajectory of transformation”‘. He stated.

On infrastructure, he further explained that has identified and simultaneously executed priority of infrastructures like roads, electricity, water, reconstruction of schools and designation of model science schools, renovation and construction of 13 General Hospitals in all Local Government Areas of the state.

He however said his administration needs to provide critical infrastructure that will enable the people to thrive and achieve their potential.

While the Governor promised to be more aggressive on infrastructure, he equally pledged to create economy that will be self-propelled, self sustaining and self-reliant within 10 years to reduce over dependence on federal government allocations.

He said, “Our resolve to construct and complete the 198km Abakaliki ring road is one promise that must be kept through the ultimate grace of God. That special grace of the Lord has been made practically manifest by the recent approval by the Federal Executive Council of the loan facility from African Development Bank for the construction of the ring road. This road, which connects eight of the 13 Local Government Areas in Ebonyi state, is both strategic and we intend also to design and build a new ring road for the remaining five Local Government Areas in Ebonyi state.”

“Our target is to completely solve the problem of infrastructure by 2023 when we shall be handing over to a new administration.”

“We will create jobs for our citizens, most especially in the private sector, thereby addressing the current huge dependence on civil service employment and its clearly adverse implications for over-head costs.”

“We will actively engage the Private Sector and build strategic partnership with international development agencies in our development programmes and thereby open up access to private capital and know-how for harnessing our rich endowments and making the state one of the top destinations for investors.”

“We will create sovereign investments and savings for the state and thereby allow the state to benefit from opportunities in the Capital Market and provide a bulwark for fluctuations in earnings and revenues.”

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