Commissioner for Information, Abia State, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, has said that the state would no longer be depending on federal allocation by 2022.
Kalu who made the boast in a chat with the press on Wednesday March 28, 2018, in Umuahia said Governor Okezie Ikpeazu had already laid the necessary foundation for the actualization of the feat.
The Commissioner who spoke on the heels of the recent ranking of Abia as middle class state by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, said the state would not rest on its oars but determined to break new grounds.
“We are happy for that but where we are is not where we want to be. However, it shows that Abia has not been borrowing over the years. We have also been prudent in management of resources.”
As part of strategies to broaden the state’s economic base, Kalu said the Ikpeazu-led administration had so far planted 7.7 million high-yielding tenera palm seedlings which start yielding within three years.
He further hinted that the state had decided to plant palms on the streets as ornamental trees instead of flowers.
The commissioner further said that efforts were being intensified towards boosting the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, of the state by providing the necessary infrastructure that would fast -track socio- economic activities in the state.
This, he explained informed the heavy/massive investment in road infrastructure by the Ikpeazu administration particularly in Aba which he described as the economic live wire of the state.
“Port Harcourt Road Aba is the fabrication hub of Nigeria that is why we are fixing that road despite the fact it is a federal road. Over 468 trucks were used to evacuate refuse on the road, and that is why we discovered a transformer buried on that road.
Contrary to claims by critics, Kalu said “every road we are building in Aba is relevant” to the socio- economic well-being of the people.