- The governor of Abia state, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has reacted angrily to those seeking updates regarding the flyover he has been building for six years
- According to the governor, those who don't have cars are the ones demanding an update on the construction work
- Ikpeazu insists the construction of the flyover is a personal project he decided to embark on and the work is near completion
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state has said that many people who do not have cars have been asking for updates on a flyover bridge being constructed by his administration.
The governor made this statement during a recent interview that he granted to a radio station, Daily Trust reports.
The presenter had asked the governor why it had taken so long to complete the bridge, which his administration has been building for six years now.
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But Ikpeazu, who was obviously irritated, asked if they were the ones who told him to construct the bridge.
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“Are you the one that asked me to build the flyover? I started the flyover on my own because I saw the need for it. Most of the people demanding updates on the flyover don’t have vehicles, they are moving about with legs. What business does those walking have with flyover?
“They should be happy that we are almost done with the flyover; we are currently working on the stone base of the flyover.”
The flyover was flagged off on 20th January 2017, the construction was given to a Chinese company – and it’s still under construction till date, PM News added.
Ikpeazu and the interviewer spoke in Igbo language.
This statement was not well received by Nigerians as some expressed disappointment over the governor's remarks and others prayed for a better leader.
Below are some of their comments;
Onyinyechi Nwankwo wrote:
"Make una help us pray for Abia ... We've neva been lucky ... God pls give us good leaders."
Chekwas Ibekwe said:
" When compared side by side with the neighbouring Rivers state, I think you're the biggest disappointment."
Mayor Chris Mekaka wrote:
"Abia state sorry o."
Mary Kalu wrote:
"Is that nonsense he's building a flyover? That thing is a center table. He has been visiting other states and seeing what they are building. He should go and sit down. Na only one year remain he will come down."
"Abians people who are well educated and will be will not blame their own governor for his comments, but they are focusing on Lagos state and Tinubu."
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Rose Ene Ameh said:
"Besides vehicle, flyover gives beauty to the city and as well creat room for pedestrians to move freely."
Maxi Mkpofor wrote:
"And people from this state will think that Bola tinubus aspiration is their problem."
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Governor Ikpeazu also said that the southeast should not look at the 2023 presidency as a right, rather they should negotiate with other parts of the country on the need to allow the zone to produce the president of the country.
He made the comments while fielding questions from State House correspondents on Thursday, December 30 after President Muhammadu Buhari granted his audience at the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja.
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