The governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has said that his administration had done enough in critical sectors of the economy to guarantee the state a deserved place among the comity of viable states in Nigeria.
He stated this in a statewide broadcast to mark the 30th anniversary of the state by the former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, who on August 27, 1991 created Abia along with five other states.
“Our interventions in various critical sectors are yielding positive fruits,” Ikpeazu said, adding, “The future of Abia State is secured in the pantheon of economically and socially progressive states.”
He said that his administration had been working in tandem with the dreams of the founding fathers of Abia and with a 30 year development plan he has now put in place, the future is very bright for God’s own state.
He explained that the development plan document, which he later unveiled at a ceremony at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, “is a product of dedicated research and consultation, guided by development experts.”
According to him, the document encapsulated the wishes of Abians as collated from town hall meetings held across the state, adding that it would henceforth guide all plans and actions of government.
“While building today, we are deliberate about proper planning and working towards a set goal and it is for that reason that I invite all policy makers and officials of government to thoroughly study that document and tailor their work plans along the lines of the objectives set out in the document,”
The governor observed that though he has the privilege of being saddled with the role of steering the ship of Abia presently, every citizen and resident of the state has a role to play to make Abia great.
“We are a people, dedicated to prosperity through enterprise. We are a people, created on equity and together, we must continue to stand united and collectively build the state of our vision,” he declared.
Ikpeazu reviewed his achievements across the sectors since he mounted the saddle of leading Abia in 2015, saying that he has so far completed and delivered 128 roads across the state while 51 others are ongoing.
However, he assured that he remains “committed to completing all projects” initiated by his administration and vowed that “we will endeavour not to leave any uncompleted project for the next administration”.
The Abia chief executive acknowledged that his interventions were yet to positively impact on many Abians and empathised with those suffering discomfort for the fact that government was yet to address the challenges in their sector.
He pledged that his “dedication to working assiduously to ensure that all challenges affecting your sector is addressed and resolved.”
With eyes already on 2023 general election the Abia governor enjoined political actors to play by the rules and desist from any activity that could upset the peace, unity and harmony of the state.
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