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Dr. Alex Otti, Governor, Abia State

Aba transport project to be replicated in Umuahia, says Otti

By Ijendu Iheaka
Aba (Abia) May 28, 2024

Gov. Alex Otti of Abia has said that the Abia Urban Renewal and Public Transport Project in Aba will be replicated in Umuahia in its second phase.

Otti disclosed this in Aba on Tuesday, while commissioning the construction of Aba Bus Terminal at Osisioma Bus Park.

He said that the critical components of the project included modeling and construction of central bus terminals for commuter buses at strategic locations in each of the two cities.

He further said that it would incorporate bus shelters and lay byes along the intracity routes and improvement works on major road intersections.

“As you are aware, the Nigerian railway corporation recently resumed services from Port Harcourt to Aba and efforts are in top gear to extend it to Umuahia city,” he said.

The governor said the project was structured to bring holistic improvement to the general inter and intra city transport ecosystem in Abia’s urban centres.

He said it would also ease traffic congestion and improve the aesthetics of the cities in Abia and ease travellers’ hassles.

The Chief Executive Officer, Planet Projects, which is handling the bus terminal project, Mr. Biodun Otunola, said his company had solution to Abia’s chaotic transportation system.

“We discovered that there are 70 motor parks in Aba and I don’t know how a city can cope with such number of motor parks.

“Every junction is a motor park, hence the high level of crime and criminality, drug abuse and stealing you have in the city and all kinds of things that are not befitting,” Otunola said.

He said that the project would consist of a bus terminal at Osisioma and the Traffic Oriented Development, which would integrate trailer parks.

He said that when completed, the project would enable residents to use modern facilities comparable to those found in other parts of the world.

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