Be proactive on Aba infrastructural renewal, HURIWA tells Ikpeazu
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has tasked Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu to be pragmatic on issues concerning the development of Aba, as it will go a long way in justifying the confidence the people reposed in him, based on his lofty promises.
HURIWA, in a letter to the governor, frowned at the very poor state of infrastructure in Aba, the commercial city of Abia State and the industrial hub of South East, which has been variously described as the ‘Japan of Africa’.
The letter, signed by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, regretted that there are no good roads to transport manufactured goods, adding that more troubling was that streets and roads in the city, in deplorable conditions, are pest-ridden with dirt, including artificial marshes and mountainous roadside refuse dumpsites.
The rights group recalled that there are many small and medium enterprises and all kinds of engineering fabrications, almost all kinds of commodities, which include shoes, bags, leather wears and clothing, among others that are manufactured in Aba.
HURIWA pointed out that Aba is gradually declining, with huge amounts of waste dumped inside drainages and on walkways. “We are concerned that the situation is getting worse.”
HURIWA expressed that the continuous neglect of roads and other infrastructures, which includes the daily dumping of refuse in the city centre and across business districts is a suggestion that there is need for an infrastructural revolution in the city and government should take immediate action.
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