Thursday, 8 June 2017

Government to begin the construction of OAADTAN roads soon

At last, the members of the Onitsha Aluminium Allied Dealers and Technicians Association of Nigeria [OAADTAN] can now jubilate as their anxiety over the deplorable state of the roads to their new market at Ogbunike is now a history.

This was the statement made by the Transition Chairman, Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra  State, 
Hon Uchenna Okafor, at the quarterly meeting of the association held on Wednesday 7th June, 2017 at the association's new site at Ogbunike.                                                                                                            

 Hon Okafor, who disclosed this information through the secretary, Hon Chinedum Udeagwu, said that 
both the local, and the state government are interested in the market, and assured them that plans have been concluded to commence the construction of the Oze-Ogbunike roads.

 He further disclosed that the Oze-Ogbunike road was among the many road networks that the government of Chief Willie Obiano has endorsed for construction very soon.

‘As I speak now, these roads have been awarded for construction by the state government, therefore, you should neither fear nor levy yourselves for the construction of the roads.

‘May I also tell you that the chairman of Oyi Local Government, Hon Uchenna Okafor whom I am representing today is highly interested in this market, and he has given his words that he would fast forward the construction of the roads.

‘He has, therefore, requested that you forward your proposal of everything you want the governor to do for you, as soon as possible through the office of the transition chairman.

‘You should not contribute nor levy your members towards the construction of these roads because, our working governor has promised to start work on them very soon.

‘But, you have to ensure that you support the governor’s bid for second tenure, so that when the work commences, it will be completed without any interruption’, he stated.

Reacting to the statement of the transition chairman, the chairman, Board of Trustees [BOT], Hon Ken Madubike assured Chief Obiano of their unflinching and unalloyed support not only to his government, but also to his second tenure candidature.

He promised that they would vote massively for the working governor whom he noted has achieved so much in record time, especially in security, road infrastructures, and prompt payment of salaries.

He, therefore, appealed to the governor to expedite actions on the roads in question, so as to enhance the actualization of the relocation of the OAADTAN to their promised land, stating that the new site if completed would generate huge revenue for the government, and create jobs for the teeming youths.

‘This place has beautiful scenery, close to nature, not hilly as some people have been wrongly informed. ‘If you say this place is hilly, what do you say of Ngbuka Obosi, and Electrical market that is situated on hills, respectively? Is business not booming there? ‘By the time the construction of this building is completed, the whole place will become a valley.

‘I, therefore, appreciate Hon Okeke and his executive for being resilient and dogged in their efforts at ensuring that work is continually going on in the area’, he stated.

Hon Madubike who is also a Special Adviser on Finance to Abia State Governor, Chief Okezie  Ikpeazu chided those whose attitudes towards the relocation of OAADTAN to Ogbunike are destructive, and discouraging to desist from such subjective criticisms against the executive, reminding them that Hon Okeke would not be their chairman forever.

‘Whatever you do to him now, would be done to you when it is your turn to lead others; life is give and take.
‘If you must criticize, do so constructively and objectively.

 ‘I must commend the chairman and his executive for the speed at which the work is going. ‘What they need from all of us is our support and encouragement.

‘Any person who comes here will definitely know that this is a gigantic project that will be the hub of Africa.
‘I know of so many traders who have not built a single house, yet, they are making the money. If you contribute towards this project and tomorrow you are your own landlord, is it a crime?

‘You must know that it is easier to stop a moving bulldozer than to stop a determined man. ‘I will like to encourage the chairman, and his executive with the words of Winston Churchhill who said, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP’, he charged.
Earlier, the Chairman, Onitsha Aluminium Allied Dealers and Technicians Association of Nigeria, Hon Ifeanyichukwu Okeke in commending the traders for their support and solidarity, explained that the purpose of citing their market to Ogbunike was motivated by the need to have an OAADTAN village where all members will stay together, and which would be large enough to accommodate them.

 Hon Okeke, therefore, appealed to other members of the association who are still in doubt as to the workability of the project to have a rethink, because, there was no going back to their course.

He explained that once a member has completed his own contribution, a shop would be allocated to them, and he automatically, is the owner of both the ground floor and the other floors that might be erected on top whenever it is convenient for him to do so. 

‘That is why we are appealing to our working governor, Chief Willie Obiano [Akpokuedike Global] to come to our rescue, because the first phase of the construction will be completed soon, and we need access roads for ease of business activities.

The amiable chairman further explained that all aluminium traders, technicians, allied dealers, etc, are included in the project without discrimination, explaining that he operates an open door policy where members of the association are free to attend their weekly meetings every Wednesday by 3 P.M.

The Secretary of the association, Hon Basil Udeaja reiterated the commitment of the executive in ensuring that the completion of the first phase of the market in record time of one year was a reality.

He also promised on behalf of the association their total support to the candidature of Obiano in the gubernatorial election slated for 28th of November this year.

Worthy of note is that the market is strategically located opposite Building Material Market, Ogidi, and adjacent to Bakery Market, Ogbunike, and it promises to be the hub of Africa.

And according to the contractor supervising the building, Engr Victor Aniagbata, the first phase of the market would be completed before the end of this year, and the second phase would commence immediately after that.

Chief Aniagbata who spoke to Newsburster shortly after the meeting explained that the market occupies a land mass of 100 plots of land, and they intend to lengthen it to 200 plots so that they would have enough space for business activities.

‘It may interest you to know that the project is a multi billion naira project, and so far we are advancing, because our target is to complete the first phase before the end of this year.

‘This market is going to be the hub of Africa as you can see that it has already started attracting other business areas like the Nigerian Stock Exchange Market, Tansian University, Banks, corporate companies, and other businesses.

‘When all these facilities are in place, I can bet you that this market will provide employment to our youths, and at the same time improve our sales capacity.

‘Before this time next year, this place would have been the talk of the continent, and the roads have been designed to be the best road networks in Anambra State.

‘I am, therefore, appealing to every member of this market to identify with this project before it is too expensive to do so.

Some members of the association who spoke at separate times expressed their appreciation to their chairman, and his executive for the level the buildings have reached, promising to continue to support the project for its completion in record time, as well as vote massively for Obiano in the coming election.

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