Abia Govt. Partner AFDB on Development Projects

Source: pointblanknews.com

The African Development Bank (AFDB) says it is proposing an integrated

project to tackle rural roads, erosion menace and waste management in the

two Abia cities of Aba and Umuahia.
The Country Representative of the bank, Dr.Usmane Dore, stated this

during the bank's preliminary visit to the state to see things.

He pledged the bank's partnership to the state, pointing out that Abia

State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, was one of the first governor's to

reach out to the bank for assistance.
According to him, the AFDB has a tradition of partnering with states

adding that rural roads in the two cities will be strategically

rehabilitated and updated.
To that end, he said that the bank's rapid assessment team has been sent

to the state for assessment and implored the state to cooperate with the

team to fast track the project.
Receiving the team led by the Minister of Finance and Coordinating

Minister for the Economy ,Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Governor Orji assured

that the state will cooperate with the bank as it is ready to abide by the

rules as well as contribute its quota to the project.

He stated that the perennial problem of rural roads , erosion and waste

management has continued to plague Aba despite the huge sums of money

being sunk into the city by the state government to address the problems.

The Governor said there was need for an external body like the AFDDB to

assist the state as the problems were beyond its scope and thanked the

federal government for the interest it has shown to Abia State.

Earlier, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating minister of the Economy,

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala said the the objective of the visit is that the ADB has

agreed to work with Abia State and bring some more benefits, maintaining

that it is designed to cement the Governor's legacies in the state

According to her, President Goodluck Jonathan is desirous to work with

states to make things better.
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