The Inauguration Committee of the Abia Governor-elect, Dr Alex Otti, has embarked on a massive face-lift of the Umuahia Township Stadium; and the T. A Orji International Conference Centre, Umuahia ahead of the May 29 inauguration.

Both venues, according to the committee, will serve as the main venues for activities lined up for the event.

The Venue Sub-Committee headed by Hon Austin Okezie Meregini, Umuahia East state constituency member-elect, told newsmen that “extensive renovation works are currently ongoing at the Umuahia Township Stadium and the International Conference Centre, at the expense of the Governor-elect, Dr Otti and his transition team”.


“Work is seriously progressing at the two venues. So far, the cement/casting work within the second gate at the stadium has been done.

“Roof work has been done too, remaining the VIP area where there are still a few leaking spots and we‘re working to remedy that. We hope that would be rectified by early next week.

“Also, the paint works are moving on very fast at both venues, as well as the replacement of all damaged flower capes, especially at the stadium, which we didn’t take into consideration early enough.

“I am hoping that by next week, we would have completed all the envisaged renovation works in time for the inauguration of our in-coming Governor, Dr Alex Otti and his Deputy, Engr Ikechukwu Emetu, and indeed the new administration in Abia State, led by the Labour Party.”

He hinted that “a massive entertainment package is being planned at the stadium after the swearing-in to fete the guests.”

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