Aba - Gov. Theodore Orji of Abia on Monday inaugurated 10 roads in Aba, the commercial hub of the state.
The roads were part of the 16 being constructed or rehabilitated by the State Government in the commercial city.
The roads included Geometric Power Plant Access Road, Osisioma, Brass Junction by Faulks Road, Milverton by Asa, Azikiwe, Constitution Crescent and Cameroon Road.
Orji said that the roads were aimed at boosting trade and economic activities in Aba and its environs.
The governor said that it was also aimed at reducing flooding which had bedeviled the city for years, assuring that similar gesture would be extended to other parts of the state.
Orji said that the state government would continue to use the state’s meager resources to fight kidnapping and other criminal acts in Aba.
``Who does not know that Aba is important, everything in Aba is important. So, we are using our political will to improve the infrastructure in Aba.
``We didn’t stop at road rehabilitation and construction in Aba, we are also disilting gutters in Aba and that is ongoing to improve the living standard of the populace.
``These roads we have built are meant to bring progress. They are to bring in good things and to send out all bad things. All kidnappers will vacate this road.
``This is the road that will send them to hell and a road that will bring progress and prosperity to Aba and the people,’’ he said.
Orji said the government would also give priority to health care, but expressed regrets that people were not patronising government hospitals.
According to him, they have continued to patronise quacks.
``A diagnostic centre was built for Aba people but they do not go there. They prefer to go to the ones that are not recognised. You should go to the one recognised by government.
``We are also establishing a dialysis centre in Umuahia. Go to that place, it is there for you and we are doing it so that everyone will be alive to see what we are doing here today,’’ he said.
The governor said that the Geometric Independent Power Plant would help boost power generation in the city and assist manufacturers to increase productivity.