Otti Vs Ikpeazu: Who Takes Credit for Computerised Vehicle Testing Centre at Ubakala
Ex-Abia Commissioner Claims Facility Among Ikpeazu's Projects
The inauguration of a computerised vehicle testng centre at Ubakala in Umuahia South Local Government has sparked a controversy as both the present administration and its predecessor are claiming credit for it.
The facility for testing roadworthiness of vehicles was inaugurated last Wednesday by the Deputy Governor of Abia, Engr Ikechukwu Emetu, describing it as a novel idea which would help in reducing road accidents, revenue generation and job creation.
But the immediate past Abia Commissioner for Transportation, Chief Godswill Uche Nwanoruo has kicked against the claim that the four-month old Alex Otti administration built the facility, saying that it was completed project of the last government.
In a statement he issued and made available to the media in Umuahia, the former commissioner insisted that it smacks of “a misrepresentation of facts and misinformation” for the Otti administration to take credit for a project it did not execute.
“In setting the records straight, I wish to state the fact that the Computerized Vehicle Testing Station at Ubakala, Umuahia,Abia State was approved, built and completed by the immediate past administration of Dr Okezie Ikpeazu under a Public, Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement,” Nwanoruo said.
He named the investor that built the facility as Temple SYC Inspection Services Ltd, adding that it was completed in February 2022, three months before Ikpeazu administration elapsed.
Nwanoruo further explained that commercial activities were earlier scheduled to commence at the facility on March 8, 2022 “but was regrettably attacked and vandalized by hoodlums on the 5th of March, 2022”.
However, he said that after the set back, the facility “was quickly re-equipped and commenced operations in the same month of March 2022”.
According to the former commissioner, Ikpeazu had on March 5, 2021 officially inaugutated “a similar and first ever Computerized Vehicle Inspection Center at Aba, which has remained operational till date”.
He stated that though there was no reason for him “to weigh into the activities of the present administration”, he felt compelled to correct erroneous impressions and put facts in public domain.
“My advice to Dr Alex Otti’s administration is that they should, at least, for once find a reason to dignify the immediate past administration of Dr Okezie Ikpeazu and credit it for a project he started and completed,” Chief Nwanoruo said.