By ANAYO OKOLI
UMUAHIA — GOVERNOR Theodore Orji of Abia State has accused the Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen, of deliberately refusing to visit the state to attend to dilapidated federal roads since he was appointed minister.
Orji alleged that the reason for not visiting the state was to avoid facing the people over the dilapidated condition of the roads.
Orji told the minister to continue to avoid visiting the state if he so decided, but warned that he would enter in the bad book of the state and its people if the 65-kilometre Ohafia-Arochukwu road flagged off, weekend, was not completed on scheduled.
The governor, who spoke at the flag-off of Nkporo-Abriba-Ohafia and Ohafia-Arochukwu federal roads, wondered why the minister had not visited Abia State over two years he assumed office, even though the state accommodated many federal roads under his portfolio.
He said the people were not happy that the minister did not deem it necessary to visit the state to see things for himself, despite the public hue and cry over the horrible state of some federal roads in the state.
The governor also expressed disappointment that the minister could not use the opportunity of the flag-off of the two roads to visit Abia and see things for himself.
Orji said he wanted to send a representative when he got information that the minister was not coming but changed his mind because “my people are involved and the roads are for them.”
His word: ”The minister has not visited Abia State for once, at least to see things for himself because seeing is believing.
“If he comes, we will take him to the sites, he will see things himself. Why he is not visiting Abia State, I don’t know.”
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