Ex Lawmaker Visits Gov Otti,Reveals Proposed Plan To Attract Federal Secretariat In Abia
The former Lawmaker representing Ikwuano-Umuahia Federal constituency at the Federal House of Representatives, Hon Sam Onuigbo, has revealed proposed plan to attract a federal secretariat in Abia.
Onuigbo, who made this exciting disclosure when he paid a visit to the Abia Governor, Dr Alex Otti, said plans were on top gear to attract a federal secretariat to the state but lamented that it was frustrated in the past by some state actors.
Onuigbo, who sponsored Nigeria’s Climate Change Act 2021, praised the Governor’s vision in beautifying the state and pledged to offer his legislative, intellectual and technical expertise to drive climate change action in Abia.
The former lawmaker also spoke on some of his achievements in his eight-year stay in the National Assembly.
The list included the ongoing reconstruction of the Umuahia-Ikwuano-Ikot Ekpene Road, Okwe-Obuohia-Nkari Road connecting Abia and Akwa Ibom and proposed
Federal Secretariat in Abia.
Reacting, Gov Alex Otti commended Hon Onuigbo for the feat, saying that the building of a Federal Secretariat in the state, would have a multiplier economic and aesthetic effects on the state’s overall development.
Otti regretted that while almost all the states in the federation, including those created in 1996 (six years after Abia), had functional federal secretariats, Abia had yet to have its own.
He expressed dismay that efforts to construct a federal secretariat in the state were frustrated in the past by some state actors.
The governor, however, commended Onuigbo for his unwavering pursuit of the project, in spite of the frustrations encountered along the way.
He said that he was excited that Onuigbo shared similar perspective on the matter and the construction of the 16-kilometre Umuahia-Umudike Road from Abia Tower.
Otti said that he had started the process of dualizing the road from Abia Tower to Okpara Square, to ensure the smooth flow of traffic.
According to him, the project is in line with his vision of enhancing the aesthetics of Umuahia, the capital city.
He said he was pleased to learn from Onuigbo that a plan was already in motion for the project, including the construction of a flyover from Amachara to Ossah.
Meanwhile, Otti, expressed concern over the impact of climate change and the need to prioritize sustainable and environmentally friendly practices in the state, showing serious interest in climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.
He further spoke on the importance of creating opportunities and achieving Low Green House Gas emissions, including green growth and sustainable economic development.