The Deputy Governor of Abia State, Engr. Ikechukwu Emetu, FNSE, made an inspection visit to the local government and chieftaincy affairs (LGCA) building, otherwise called JAAC HOUSE (Joint Account Allocation Committee House) located in the new secretariat layout, Umuahia.
The Deputy Governor was taken round the entire five storey building by the site Engineer, Amasco Bob Cyril of J & J Techno Nig. Ltd. He informed the Deputy Governor that the project was awarded in 2012 but commenced work in 2013.
In his words, ‘we have stayed 8 years fallowing. What we suffered most is theft and vandalisation for which we later got Abia State Vigilant Group to watch over it. Still there are issues of lingering cases in court to add to it.”
He eulogized the diligence of Engr. Emetu whom he described to be the first Deputy Governor to visit the building site, reason being that Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs is under the office of the Deputy Governor. “We have not seen any Deputy Governor here before”, posited the contractor.
He enumerated the remaining works to do to include; finishing the ceiling work, light supply, sinking of a super water system, and provision of access road. He also promised to clear the garbage within the vicinity.
Responding, the Deputy Governor, Engr Ikechukwu Emetu, bemoaned the inability of the previous government to complete the project, and promised to relay to his principal His Excellency, Dr Alex Otti, Governor of Abia State, extent of work done so far for further actions.