Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has told a delegation from the House of Representatives Committee on Power that his administration will continue to work closely with all federal agencies in the state to deliver projects for the people.
He offered the guarantee when he met with a group from the National Assembly’s upper chamber, which was in Aba to visit the Ariaria Independent Power Plant as part of their oversight responsibilities.
This was revealed in a statement issued by Onyebuchi Ememanka, the Abia State Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, and made available to journalists in Umuahia on Friday.
Governor Ikpeazu briefed the delegation on his government’s efforts throughout the feasibility studies and ultimate construction of the power plant, praising President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the project’s Ariaria location.
He also told the delegation that the present market redesign was intended to address the issue of flooding in the market, which also impacts the power plant, noting that the region is Aba’s lowest point, making it prone to flooding. He also spoke about his administration’s efforts to address the Faulks Road problem.
Following his meeting with the contractors, he promised that work on the site would continue soon.
During the courtesy visit, Hon. Makwe Livinus Makwe, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Power, informed Governor Ikpeazu that their visit was part of the lower chamber’s oversight functions.
The chairman of the committee commended Abia’s number one citizen for his strong collaboration with the federal government, which resulted in the project’s effective and timely completion, which is aimed to supply stable power to the traders at Ariaria International Market.
The Chairman also commended the Governor for the continuous rebuilding of the market in order to combat flooding, which was one of the power plant’s biggest issues.
He expressed his delight that, based on their observations on the ground, a new Ariaria Market will emerge as the pride of the South East.
The federal senator also warned the Governor that one of the plant’s main challenges was a lack of gas to power it and keep it functioning.