Governor Orji Performs Last Inspection Visit At Abia Mall

AbiaAbia State Governor has made a last inspection visit to the Abia Mall developing site on Thursday, to ascertain the progress of the ongoing project.

The project was initiated by Governor Theodore Orji to boost economy, enhance infrastructural development, as well as trade and commerce within Nigeria’s South-east region.

In the course of the impromptu inspection in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, Governor Orji was taken on a tour of the project which is about 60% completed.

Briefing reporters after the scrutiny, the Governor expressed optimism that the incoming administration would build upon the existing foundation and ensure its completion, stressing that government is continuum.

Follow Electoral Guidelines, Governor Orji Tells INEC

theodore-orjiThe Abia State Governor has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to follow the guidelines contained in the Electoral Act for the conduct of elections and apply same in the interest of all participants and the citizenry.

In a state broadcast, Governor Theodore Orji commended the state residents for their peaceful conduct before and during the 2015 general elections.

He therefore, called on the electoral body to put their house in order and do all that is necessary to announce the outcome of the governorship and House of Assembly elections without further delay.

Governor Orji, however, urged parents to keep an eye on their wards and appealed to the candidates and politicians to make peace their watch word.

NASS Election: Returning Officer Reveals Irregularities In Abia

electionsMore revelations have emerged on what transpired on the field during the just concluded National Assembly election in Abia State.

The latest is coming from the Returning Officer for Abia North Senatorial District, Dr. Ihekwaba Chukwugoziem, who revealed that the process was characterized by massive fraud and irregularities in the five Local Government Areas that make up the Abia North Senatorial District.

Dr. Chukwugoziem revealed that electoral and collation officers were forced by hoodlums to manipulate figures in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The Returning Officer said that he had advised the Resident Electoral Commissioner to organise a rerun in all five Local Government Areas.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Abia North senatorial candidate, Mao Ohuabunwa, and his All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) counterpart, David Ogba, have traded words over the National Assembly (NASS) election results released by INEC.

While the PDP candidate insists that the election results were genuine, the APGA candidate rejected the claim, saying the authentic results were yet to be declared.

Also, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the state, Anyim Nyerere, condemned the conduct and urged the electoral body to investigate the allegations of malpractice.

The Abia State Government has warned political parties and their candidates to refrain from using inciting statements capable of causing rampage among the party supporters thereby truncating the existing peace in the state.

Abia State Government Decries Politicians’ Use Of Inciting Statements

abia stateThe Abia State government has warned political parties and their candidates to refrain from using inciting statements capable of causing rampage among the party supporters thereby truncating the existing peace in the state.

The state Commissioner for Information, Dr Anthony Agbazuere, told Channels Television in Umuahia, the state capital, that the results as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are correct and anybody in doubt should channel their grievances to the appropriate quarters.

He was reacting to the claim by the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate who contested for the Abia Central Senatorial district with Governor Theodore Orji, that the election results announced for the zone were false and manipulated by the government in power.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Abia north senatorial candidate, Mao Ohuabunwa and his All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) counterpart, David Ogba have traded words over the National Assembly (NASS) results released by INEC. While the PDP candidate insists that the results were genuine, the APGA candidate rejected the claim, saying the authentic results were yet to be declared.

Also, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the election, Anyim Nyerere condemned the conduct and urged the electoral body to investigate the allegations of malpractice.


Abia State Gives Out Cars To Reduce Unemployment

abia stateThe Abia State government has given out vehicles free of charge to the youths of Ikwuano Local Government Area as a way of reducing unemployment and alleviating poverty.

According to Governor Theodore Orji, the gesture was to create jobs, reduce idleness and criminality, enhance the standard of living and minimise accidents associated to the use of motorcycles popularly known as Okada.

A total of 30 persons including youths and women benefited from the latest gesture of the State Government.

At a ceremony to mark the handing over of the vehicles to the new owners, the Governor met with traditional rulers, amidst cheers and accolade from the people of Ikwuano.

Governor Theodore Orji, shortly after inspecting and commissioning the vehicles stated that the empowerment programme had brought joy to Abians and also helped to curb youth restiveness in the state.

On the roads of Umuahia metropolis, some of the beneficiaries,who had put their vehicles to work, thanked the government for the gesture.

Meanwhile, from Ikwuano Local Government Area, the empowerment strategy of the government to reduce unemployment continued to Umuahia South LGA.

The Governor had said that it would be sustained until all the youths in the 17 Local Government could boast of means of livelihood thereby contributing their quota to the economic development of the State.

 Security: Abia Governor Asks Nigerians To Encourage Military

theordor orji1The Abia State Government has asked Nigerians to encourage the military to ensure that there is security and peace across the Nation that has seen several terror attacks in the northeast.

In a meeting with the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Kenneth Minima, the Governor of Abia State, Mr Theodore Orji, pledged the state’s commitment to partnering with the military.

At the meeting held in Umuahia, Governor Orji commended the army for their assistance in wiping out kidnapping in the state and called on Nigerians to provide adequate support to the military in their efforts to stop insurgency.

According  to the Governor, nothing would stand in the way of the cordial relationship. “The state is ever ready to play their role because of the premium it place on security,” he said, urging the Army Chief to bring more military installations to Aba, the commercial hub of the state, to facilitate and enhance the job of the Army officers there.

He further stressed the need for the Army Chief to ensure that there is a synergy between his men and other security agencies in ensuring peace.

Lieutenant General Minima, said that the army would not relent in combating terrorism, stressing that support from all Nigerians would go a long way in winning the war on terror.

He thanked the State government for taking care of some of the infrastructural facilities and welfare of Army at the 14 Brigade Command Ohafia, urging the governor to do more.

He also called on the government to continue to do more to encourage the military formation in the state .

The partnership between the State government and the military has brought peace and security to Abia state, creating a conducive atmosphere for investments and ensuring the protection of lives and property of its citizenry.

Though, the Nigerian Army has an enormous role to play in the maintenance of peace and security, the citizens must also play their part to encourage the Army, by volunteering information and being security conscious.



APC South East: We Are Not Opposed To Jonathan Running In 2015

JonathanThe All Progressives Congress (APC) South East zone, on Sunday, reiterated that it was not opposed to President Goodluck Jonathan running for presidency in 2015, as he has the constitutional right to contest.

The party was reacting to the endorsement of President Jonathan as Igbo candidate by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) South-East political leaders, during the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) rally in Awka, Anambra State on Saturday.

Notable PDP Igbo political leaders, including Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum, Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State; Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu; Josephine Anenih, who represented Nigerian women in the zone; billionaire businessman, Arthur Eze; former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, who spoke on behalf of the South-East caucus of the National Assembly had united in asking the President to contest.

Reacting to the rally in a statement by its spokesman, Osita Okechukwu, the APC South East said that while it was not opposed to the inalienable and constitutional rights of Jonathan to contest, it was “opposed to the scant strategy adopted by ‘Ndigbo-Chop-Sand-Band’ of politicians, who crave to put all our eggs in one basket, foreclose the chances of a president of Igbo extraction and subject the hardworking and enterprising Igbos to perpetual beggarly status.

The statement reads further: “Ndigbo-Chop-Sand-Band drummers are not interested whether President Jonathan performed or not, whether he honoured the promises he made to Ndigbo during the 2011 electioneering campaign nor whether his presidential slot impedes on the chances of our producing a president of Igbo extraction in the nearest future.

“Otherwise, how come that up to date there is no Environmental Impact Assessment, no private sector counterpart funding, only N30b Sure-P-Fund taxed from the people and most importantly, why the 2nd Niger Bridge is not captured in the federal budget, since according to the drummers, Jonathan so loves Ndigbo?

“The Chop-Sand-Band thinks that Ndigbo’s memory is so short to forget that it was His Royal Majesty, the Obi of Onitsha, Agbogidi, Igwe Alfred Nnaemaka Achebe, who in February this year, woke our dear President from deep slumber over the promise he made on the 2nd Niger Bridge; upon which fire service approach of Public, Private Partnership was enacted.

“Or is it not amusing that Professor Chinedu Nebo, Minister of Power, one of the drummers, who talked of Grand Expectation Journey (GEJ), couldn’t tell Ndigbo why the Coal project has not taken off-ground and what happened to N927m, N1.7b and N1.1b budgeted for the study survey of Enugu and Gombe Coal in 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively? The Revamping of Coal was one of our Grand Expectation Journey, premised on the promise made by Jonathan at South East PDP Zonal rally during the 2011 electioneering campaign, yet he so loves Ndigbo!” APC South East stated.

The APC group added, “In sum, our fear is that the core ingredient of election, which is a referendum on the performance of the incumbent may not prevail, as the Chop-Sand-Band are constructing a scenario where President Jonathan like in 2011, would be allocated millions of votes in the South East, without commensurate performance.”

Youths Of Abia North Get Money And Free Vehicles Empowerment

Theodore-Orji-300x173The Abia State Government in a bid to rid the state of poverty and unemployment has empowered youths of Abia North central zone comprising of Bende ,Ohafia and Arochukwu local government area with vehicles and money.

At the ceremony which was held at Bende Local Government Headquarters, Governor Theodore Orji told reporters that the strategy was to impact lives and enhance livelihood of the state’s citizenry.

About 200 vehicles were distributed to the unemployed youths while two million Naira was given out to 13 graduates to start up a business of their own.

The vehicles and monetary package were given out free of charge with no condition attached except to use it as a means of livelihood.

To ascertain that the vehicles are in good shape, the governor collected one of the car keys and made his way to the driver’s seat to start up the engines and satisfied that all is in good condition, he went back to the podium amidst cheers and accolade from the youths.

The youth empowerment programme which has been described as a laudable project would ensure peace in the state, boost industrialisation and entrepreneurship among the youths thereby enhancing economic growth.

The beneficiaries thanked the government and assured him that the opportunity would go a long way to impact their lives. They also promised to help enhance the social economic development of the state.

Abia State Distributes Equipment To Aid Skill Acquisition

Abia state gives equipment to unemployedAbia State Government has distributed working equipment and materials to thousands of unemployed persons in the state including women from the 17 Local Government Areas to assist them to be self-reliant and creators of wealth.

At an event held at the Women Development and Skill Acquisition Centre, Umuahia on Monday mainly for the distribution of the items, Governor Theodore Orji, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Nkpa Agu, said that the equipment was part of Government’s strategy and commitment to eradicating poverty, creating employment and tackling insecurity.

Dignitaries from all walks of life were present at the occasion of empowerment of the unemployed.

The project is a well thought-out plan of the government in ensuring that most Abia State indigenes (Abians) are gainfully engaged in skills that could help them meet their needs and equally create employment opportunities which would also boost the socio-economic development of the state.

The governor urged the beneficiaries to ensure that the equipment are put to use as required because the government had set out modality to monitor their growth.

Sewing machines, hair dressing sets, generating sets, among many other items are lined up, ready to be given out, and one after the other, the names of the beneficiaries were called out from the 17 local councils while the wife of the state Governor, Mercy Orji, handover the tools to them.

For some of the beneficiaries, dancing, praise and words of appreciation expressed the way they feel.

In excitement, beneficiaries carry their equipment home to start a new phase of life as employers of labour. The action taken by the state government to make their life meaningful would also improve productivity and minimise poverty.

At the event, the wife of the governor ensured that most of the old women from the rural areas were properly taken care of through a free healthcare service.

Pensioners In Abia Seek Governor’s Help

The Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Abia State chapter, has made an appeal to Governor Theodore Orji to intervene in some certain areas of their needs which requires utmost attention.

During a courtesy call at Government House, Umuahia, The chairman of the state union, Chidikaobi Abarikwu, thanked the Governor for the efforts made by the administration to ensure that retirees in the state are paid regularly, but called on him to look into isolated payment of gratuities for some of their members.

Governor Orji, who also is a retiree, while responding to some of their needs, acknowledged them for making him the patron of the Union and promised that he would look into their matter urgently to make sure they get their rights.

The Governor also hinted that his administration had always made prompt and regular payments to pensioners.

He disclosed that their members, whose gratuities were a bit delayed, belong to parastatals that ought to sustain itself, but promised that the State government would assist as soon as possible.

He, however, urged them to support the government and not to allow distracters to infiltrate their camp.

Abia Governor Tasks Contractors, Go Back To Site Or Forfeit Payment

The contractors working for the Abia State Government have been called upon to go back to site or forfeit their payment.

This, according to the Government, is to ensure that the ongoing legacy projects in the state are completed within the desired time.

Governor Theodore Orji made this known during a meeting with the contractors at the executive chambers of the Government House Umuahia, where he expressed his displeasure at the attitude of some of the contractors who after collecting money from the State Government use it to buy new equipment for their construction company and then disappear from their site.

He hinted that this type of laxity on the part of the contractors would no longer be tolerated because of his desire to see that some of the monumental projects embarked on by his administration are completed before 2015.

The call came shortly after an inspection visit to the former Isi Gate Market, which has been demolished to create a delightful sight when entering the capital city, Umuahia.

In response, one of the contractors, Ifeanyi Okechukwu, pledged a commitment on behalf of his colleagues, that they would endeavour to finish the jobs given to them by the State Government within the stipulated time.

He also thanked the Governor for prompt payment.

2014 Will be Year Of ‘Legacy Projects’ – Orji

Governor Theodore Orji of Abia state has said that the year 2014 would be a year that all legacy projects and the solid foundations being laid for the sustainable development of the socio-economic and political transformation of the State, will be fully consolidated for the interests of the citizens, towards a new face of Abia State.

According to the Governor in a statement, the State has advanced in its democratic agenda and expanded the frontiers of participatory democracy in Abia State, making it more inclusive, more tolerant and open to everyone that shows the skill, without bondage to godfathers.

He stated that the bench-mark of governance established would ensure that “no one and no leader of the future will make the mistake to return the State to the dark days of strife, impunity and ad-hoc process, and in a private estate of the few, for the few, and by the few.”

Governor Orji urged all citizens of the state to join hands and ensure sustenance of security in which has paved way for the serene environment for business growth. He also promised 24 hour uninterrupted power supply to Abia and its environs through the geometric power plant.

“We will continue in 2014 to drive all our restructured and re-engineered platforms of the new face of Abia to a level where everything is not only changing for the better, but strengthened to be self-propelling.

“I will continue to remind all Abians not to forget where we are coming from – to this far, so that we never derail from our new direction,” Orji said.