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Ikpeazu deploys youths to Abia roads at peak hours, Sundays

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Okezie Ikpeazu

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, yesterday, disclosed that the state government has deployed the Abia Youths Road Maintenance Corps (AYRMC) to maintain roads, especially those with potholes under the state’s new roads maintenance initiative.

He made this known in Aba at the inauguration of the 42 pioneer AYRMC members, seven of who were chosen from six councils each and urged them to institute sustainable maintenance culture, especially on the roads his administration had completed.

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He said the initiative which provides the AYRMC opportunity to contribute to building a better state as future leaders and bring them in contact with current challenges.

Ikpeazu noted that maintenance culture had become a knotty issue, as huge amounts of money spent on infrastructure were often wasted due to neglect of such infrastructure after their construction.

He listed the selected six urban councils that the first phase from which the project would commence as Aba North, Aba South, Osisioma Ngwa, Obingwa, Umuahia North, and Umuahia South, adding that the second phase would cover Ukwa, Ohafia, Ikwuano, and Isuikwuato.

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Stressing that the AYRMC assignment required commitment, he enjoined them to show that they were prepared to take up leadership, saying they should focus on areas that impact negatively on the people and do their jobs during busy hours, nights, and on Sundays.

He assured that funds would be released periodically to enable them to execute their assignment effectively and directed the concerned council chairmen to make available the old Public Works Department (PWD) offices in their councils to the Maintenance Corps.

Ikpeazu, therefore, directed the members of the AYRMC to immediately commence their assignment by first taking stock of all the potholes in their areas of jurisdiction for proper documentation and thereafter report to their council chairmen.

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Commissioner for Works, Elder Bob Chiedozie Ogu, said the members of the corps were certified fit after undergoing theoretical and practical training, adding that the governor conceived the initiative.

A highpoint of the event was the handover of construction equipment, which included asphalt cutters, rollers, mini- pickup vans fitted with generating sets, Halogen lights for night work, and other basic road maintenance equipment to the AYRMC.

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