The Abia State Governor, Mr Okezie Ikpeazu, on Tuesday said that despite the recent political upheavals, he has been able to leave a land mark in various sectors especially in road construction at Aba and across the three senatorial zones of the state.
He said this while speaking during a reception held in his honor by the entire traditional rulers of Abia state made up of 732 autonomous communities at Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia.
According to the Governor, Abia State residents, irrespective of political affiliations, should join hands to move the state to an enviable position, where trade and commerce thrive for economic development.
The Governor said that despite the opposition, he would ensure that the pillar of unity in the state is not destroyed and promised that the state, under his watch, will be united and peaceful.
He commended the traditional rulers for their belief in equity, justice and fairness hinting that the honor done to him is a confirmation that his mandate is divine.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Council of Ndieze and Southeast Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Eberechi Dick reminded all politicians to allow peace reign as the traditional institution would ensure that Abia South enjoys their maximum tenure as enjoyed by Abia North and Abia Central.
The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, has sworn in 20 Commissioners into his cabinet. The commissioners comprises of three women and seventeen men – Four of whom have served in previous administrations.
The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahiaon Monday.
Administration’s Five Pillars
According to the Governor, the men and women assigned to be part of the executives were carefully chosen, based on their precedence and assurance that they would deliver in their various ministries, supporting the administration’s drive to turn around the fortunes of the state.
Governor Ikpeazu also promised to give the new commissioners all that they needed to perform. He also urged them to cue into the administration’s emphasis on the five pillars of agriculture, environment, commerce, trade and oil and gas, to drive the economy of the state.
Their appointment, according to the Governor, is a privilege, as the state can boast of many qualified men and women who could occupy the same position, if given a chance.
Governor Ikpeazu also said that with priority to enhance economic development, his administration in the new dispensation had divided the Ministry of Commerce into two – the Ministry of Trade and investment and Ministry of Industry.
Some of the new commissioners thanked the Governor for finding them fit to serve and pledged their readiness to support the upliftment of the state.
The Abia State Government has distributed improved cocoa seedling to registered cocoa farmers free of charge.
At the event held at Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia, Governor Theodore Orji who was also awarded with Best Agriculture Friendly Governor hinted that the administration landmark in agriculture is to create wealth and boost the economic development of rural areas.
According to Dr Uche Nwafor, the state has keyed into the agriculture transformation by supporting the 2012/2013 data capture for farmers where the state recorded the highest figure in the Southeast zone with a total number of two hundred and forty thousand registered farmers.
Shortly after receiving the award as the Agricultural Friendly Governor, Southeast, Governor Orji disclosed that the attention being given to agricultural sector is a strategic move by government to ensure the sector which used to be the mainstay of economy before the oil boom is not overlooked.
He added that the state government has chosen to make the sector a major priority and as part of deliberate development strategy government has revamp most of the agriculture industries because it is in line with the objectives of the World Development Economic Goals with focus on Agriculture activities as a solution to poverty.