Tag Archives: Dr Okezie Ikpeazu

BREAKING: Gov Ikpeazu sacks TIMAAS boss, LG chairmen of Umunneochi, Aba North and South,  Commissioner for Transport

The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, Ph.D has approved the immediate suspension of the following

1. The General Manager of Traffic and Indiscipline Management Agency of Abia State (TIMAAS).

2. The Transition Committee Chairman of Aba South Local Government Area.

3. The Transition Committee Chairman of Aba North Local Government Area.

The Governor has also relieved the Commissioner of Transport, Barr. Ekele Nwaohammuo of his appointment as Honourable Commissioner.

The Transition Committee Chairman of Umuneochi LGA, Engr. Mathew Ibe has equally been relieved of his appointment.

The Governor, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, Ph.D has also approved the appointment of the following as Commissioner Nominees;

1. Tony Nwanmuo

2. Godswill Nwonoruo

The Governor has also approved the appointment of Barr. Ezechikamnayo as Transition Committee Chairman Nominee for Umuneochi Local Government Area.

The Deputy Chairmen of the affected Local Government Areas are to take over and together with their Heads of Service immediately set up a taskforce to check environmental indiscipline and other vices.

TIMASS taskforce is also to be setup to further check these excesses.

SIGNED:

Dr. A.C.B. Agbazuere
Chief of Staff to the Governor.

GOVERNOR IKPEAZU EXPRESSES SHOCK OVER DEATH OF ABIA PDP CHAIRMAN, CHIEF J ONUIGBO

The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, PhD has received with deep shock and profound sadness, the news of the death of Chief Sir Johnson Onuigbo, the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Governor who described the Late Chief as a “close personal friend and long standing political associate” is deeply saddened by his death describing it as a major setback in the political development of the State.

The Governor recalls with sad nostalgia, the hardwork and passion shown by Late Chief Onuigbo in the administration of the ruling party in the State. In particular, the Governor recalls the efforts of the Late Chief in the 2019 elections that ensured his electoral victory and those of a majority of the members of the party. It will be correct to say that he was one of the major architects of our electoral victory in 2019.

“Chief Onuigbo had a peculiar pattern of administration which was a direct consequence of the warm personal relationships he built over the years with a cross section of the Abia populace and which ultimately rubbed off on how he ran the party producing solid victories and stability within the party”.

“Beyond politics”, the Governor continued, “Akinboard was a close personal friend of mine for many years and this relationship was one of the major reasons for the seamless and cordial relations between my administration and the party”.

He further described him as a man of principle and integrity who insisted that internal democracy must be institutionalized in the party.

“In all areas where he was privileged to serve our people, from the Chairmanship of Umuahia North LGA to the Abia Central Zonal Chairmanship and as State Chairman of our party, Chief Onuigbo exhibited uncommon passion and dedication”.

“My family and I, join the teeming members of our party and indeed the entire state to mourn the passage of this great man and iconic politician, and to pray the good Lord to grant his wife, family and the people of Ibeku Kingdom the fortitude to bear this very painful loss”.

“Abia State has lost one of her most outstanding and most committed political leaders. Akinboard will be sorely missed”, the Governor concludes.

Professor Greg Ibe hails Abia Gov Okezie Ikpeazu over COVID-19 recovery

The Chancellor/Proprietor Gregory University Uturu Prof Gregory Ibe has congratulated the Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu on his recovery from COVID-19.

Prof. Ibe in a letter addressed to governor Ikpeazu, dated July 23, 2020, expressed gratitude to God for His intervention that led to the recovery of the governor.

According to the educationist, the period of the governor’s absence prevented the people of the state opportunity to rally round irrespective of political and religious differences, to intercede and petition God for his miraculous deliverance.

Taking a quote from the Bible, in Psalm 118:5 (I called upon the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and set me in a large place), he said “It is against the backdrop of your recent miraculous healing and subsequent deliverance from the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic that I hereby write to formally felicitate with you, your family and indeed the good people of our dear state, on this immeasurable divine intervention by the God of Abia.

“Though very excruciating, it is however instructive that your season of indisposition presented an irresistible opportunity for Abians to rally together, irrespective of political and religious differences, to intercede and petition God for his miraculous deliverance. Indeed it was a unique case of a people united by adversity and delivered by divinity” the letter read.

Prof. Ibe further prayed to God to perfect the Governor’s healing and strengthen his resolve to take the state to greater heights;

“Therefore, while completely identifying with legions of spontaneous praise and thanksgiving generated by our people to the Almighty, it is my intercession that the good Lord will perfect your healing, preserve you, spirit, soul and body, while strengthening your resolve to recommit yourself to the onerous task of repositioning our state” he added.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu recovers from Covid-19, returns to Abia

After a period of isolation, treatment and recovery from COVID-19, the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, PhD is back home.

The Governor, his wife, his two daughters and a few of his aides went straight to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Umuobiakwa for a brief Thanksgiving Service presided over by the President of the East Nigeria Union Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church Nigeria, Pastor Dr. Bassey Udoh.

The Governor expresses his deep and profound appreciation to the Almighty God whose grace and loving kindness kept him throughout the difficult period as he battled with COVID-19.
According to the Governor, the mercy of God is the only reason he is alive today.

He thanked the team of doctors and other medical personnel who attended to him for their dedication and professionalism.

The Governor expresses his gratitude to the Deputy Governor, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu for courageously holding the forte during his period of absence and commended him for his statesmanship in the running of the affairs of the State.

Governor Ikpeazu sends his appreciation to the Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Chinedum Orji and all members of the State Assembly for their display of patriotism during the period.

The Governor is also grateful to the Secretary to the Government of Abia State, Barrister Chris Ezem, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr ACB Agbazuere and all members of the State Executive Council, as well as Chairmen of the Transition Committees of the 17 Local Government Areas of the State.

The Governor is thankful to all religious leaders from different faiths and denominations who prayed fervently for his recovery and their unending messages of goodwill.

In addition, the Governor sends his sincere appreciation to all Traditional Rulers, Elder Statesmen, Political Leaders, Women and Youth groups from across the State and indeed all Abians across the globe who prayed for his recovery.

Governor Ikpeazu assures the people of the State that he is hale and hearty and fully prepared to resume duties and continue to discharge his divine mandate of leading the good people of Abia State.

While thanking God for His mercies, Governor Ikpeazu reminds Abians that the COVID-19 pandemic remains with us and this requires every single Abian to continue to take very seriously all the protocols enunciated by the NCDC. He reminds all Abians that the prevailing times demand the highest level of personal responsibility and asked our people not to let their guards down.

He sends his message of solidarity to all Abians who are still battling with the sickness, assuring them that they will come back better and stronger.

“Our administration”, the Governor continued, “will continue to provide the needed support in the fight against the pandemic in the State. I am pleased that our molecular laboratory is now fully in place and I therefore appeal to all Abians to avail themselves of the services of the laboratories and get tested in the strong belief that the disease is not a death sentence”.

Governor Ikpeazu thanked his Wife, Nkechi, their children and members of his family for being strong and steadfast throughout this period.

In the words of the Governor, “Throughout my life, my faith and confidence in the Almighty God has remained unshaken and will remain so. It is His grace that upholds me. This latest in the series of the intervention of God in my life will spur me to rededicate my life to the service of our people”.

COVID-19: Shell donates medical equipment to Abia

Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has commended management of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria for complimenting and supporting government’s efforts at combating the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state through their donation of various medical equipment.

Dr. Ikpeazu who made the commendation while receiving some PCR Machines and critical medical equipment donated to the state by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria as part of their contribution towards fighting COVID-19 in the state at Government House, Umuahia, pointed out that Abia State from inception has been in the forefront of enlightening the public on the need to observe all the precautionary measures as directed by NCDC and the state government.

The Governor represented by his Deputy, Sir. Ude Oko Chukwu, disclosed that having recorded high number of positive cases in the state, government has been doing its best to procure necessary equipment like 3 molecular testing laboratories which when installed will lead to massive testing of Abians at the community and State levels.

He described the relationship between Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria and the Abia State Government as a very cordial one describing what they have done in donating the medical equipment to Abia State as adding lots of impetus to the efforts the government has been making to ensure that the Coronavirus is wiped out of the state and assured that the equipment will be put into effective use.

Similarly, the Chairman of Inter- Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 and Secretary to the State Government, Barr Chris Ezem, expressed happiness at the kind gesture of Shell in donating the medical equipment to the state, and reechoed the pledge of the Governor by assuring that the equipment will be put into judicious use in combating COVID-19 in the state and beyond.

Earlier in his address while handing over the medical equipment, the Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, Dr Osagie Okunbor, represented by the External Relations Manager, Dr. Anyim Chibuzor, noted that they donated the equipment to further strengthen government efforts at combating the spread of COVID-19 in the state as part of their corporate social responsibility and lauded Governor Ikpeazu proactive response and untiring efforts to the state’s safety by ensuring that all the NCDC and Government precautionary measures are observed.

Dr. Anyim who used the occasion to join Abians in wishing Governor Ikpeazu speedy recovery, also thanked the state government for the support the Shell companies enjoy in the state through the provision of enabling environment, pledged not to relent in assisting government achieve all it’s noble objectives.

Some of the items donated to the State Government include Medical Freezer, PCR Machines, test kits, single use aprons, disposable hi-tech coveralls, bio-hazzard bags, bouffant hair cover, sanitizers, vaccine box, swap kits, surgical face masks among others.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Osuji, the Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Governor, Sir. Don Ubani, State HOS, Sir. Onyi Wamah, and other top government officials were present during the presentation.

Covid-19: ‘Get well soon!’ Prof Greg Ibe sends goodwill message to Gov Ikpeazu

The Chancellor/Proprietor of Gregory University Uturu, Professor Greg Ibe has written to Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu over his Covid-19 status.

Ikpeazu tested positive for Covid-19 after a second testing conducted on him by officials of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Ibe in a letter, expressed strong faith in the divine restoration of health to the Governor, whom he described as having made high level of personal sacrifice to the development of Abia State.

The letter, which Jungle Journalist Media Limited got through an electronic message, read in part:

“I received with strong emotions news about the positive outcome of one out of the many coronavirus tests you voluntarily subjected yourself to, as a way of reaffirming your earlier decision to lead the states onslaught against the dreaded COVID-19 disease from the front. This unfortunate development, however underscores the level of personal sacrifice you are willing to bring to bear on the productive stewardship you are rendering in Abia state.

“Therefore as you courageously go through this trying time, let me reassure you of the empathy and solidarity of our people, who have asked me to inform you that even in this, we are with you.

“Consequently, it is my prayer that the good Lord remembers your labors of love, especially in this season, coupled with your fruitful helmsmanship over His dear state, and subsequently visit you with divine restoration of health for with His stripes ye were healed
Do get well soon!”

COVID-19: No cause for alarm, I am stable, Ikpeazu assures Abians

Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has assured the people of the State that he remains stable and in high spirit despite testing positive for coronavirus infection.

The governor tested positive for the COVID-19 disease and has since gone into isolation.

The State’s Commissioner for Information, Mr. John Okiyi Kalu, had confirmed this in a statement on Monday.

In another statement, the governor’s media aide, Onyebuchi Ememanka, Ikpeazu said his decision to present himself for a second test was to clear all doubts about his status, after testing negative initially.

Ememanka quoted the governor as saying: “As your governor, I have a responsibility to do what is right and keep our people fully updated about my health status.”

Ikpeazu further restated his stance that testing positive for the virus is not a death sentence, and appealed to the people of the State not to panic but continue to take issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic with all seriousness and take all necessary precautions in line with the protocols enunciated by the NCDC.

The statement further said: “The governor who has already commenced self-isolation under the careful watch of experienced medical personnel directed that the Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu shall hold the forte in his absence.”

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Abia State Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 and Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Barrister Chris Ezem, has expressed displeasure over the flagrant violation of the COVID-19 protocols by churches in Umuahia.

The Chairman who visited some churches with members of the committee frowned at most congregants who did not put on face masks and also failed to observe social distancing in their sitting arrangements.

Some of the churches visited along Ikot Ekpene Road, Ihie Ndume in Umuahia North failed to observe the rules, including Streams of Joy and Salvation Ministries.

While reprimanding pastors of the concerned churches and their members over the development, Ezem warned that any church that continues to flout the State Government’s guidelines of 50 worshipers per stream of service stands the risk of being sealed up.

He added that: “COVID-19 has entered community infection stage. We keep emphasizing on this everyday but it looks like the churches are taking it as a joke. It is not! COVID-19 is not written on anyone’s face; it is not malaria nor is it measles whose symptoms are clearly visible. One can contract the virus by coming to church and not following the guidelines of the government”.

Ezem who emphasized that the ban on children attending church worships and other gatherings remains in place as they are particularly vulnerable to Coronavirus infection also commended the leadership and parishioners of the Anglican Communion (Church of the Good Shepherd), Ehimiri, Umuahia, for their high level of compliance with the State Government’s COVID-19 protocols.

He reminded them that the same reasons State government is yet to open schools should guide them to stop holding services for children until further notice.

COVID 19: Ikpeazu, all family members test negative

…as two aides test positive

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, his wife, Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu, their children and all members of Abia’s first family have tested negative to COVID -19, following the release of results of their samples taken on Saturday, 30th May, 2020.

A statement to that effect personally signed by Governor Ikpeazu reads: “Leading this battle from the front as your Governor, I and all members of the first family subjected ourselves to COVID-19 tests on Saturday, 30th May, 2020 and the results came out negative today.

“Unfortunately, results of two of my aides who also subjected themselves to COVID-19 tests were positive while others turned in negative results. We are confident that within days, the currently asymptomatic positive patients who are now isolated will be successfully nursed back to good health, with God on our side,” he said.

Continuing, Ikpeazu said, ”The new phase of the fight against COVID-19 in Abia will require that the state embark on massive tests of citizens to achieve at least 10% coverage of our population at the initial stage of the exercise.

“To this end, the state epidemiologist has been directed to work out modalities for case searches using sample population size of between 30 to 250 persons, in some densely populated LGAs of the state.

”Meanwhile, we cannot win and save lives as long as we continue to stigmatize our patients. If any person contracts COVID-19, it will be saddening but it is neither criminal nor is it necessarily the person’s fault. Let me put it on record that statistics show that far more people recover from the virus than those who pass away from it”, he said.

Meanwhile, Governor Ikpeazu has also directed all Chairmen of the 17 Local Government Areas of the State, together with their deputies, to present themselves for COVID 19 test.

“Further to my earlier directive on the testing of members of the State Executive Council, I wish to direct that all Transition Council Chairmen of our 17 LGAs, and their Deputies, present themselves for COVID-19 tests and thereafter isolate themselves pending the release of their test results.

“I urge all citizens and residents to eschew rumor mongering and get involved in the battle against COVID-19. Take responsibility because Abia is ready to win this battle with all hands on deck.”

PDP Commiserates With Gov. Ikpeazu Over Commissioner’s Death

Press Statement

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) commiserates with Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state over the death of the state’s commissioner for environment and the governor’s best friend, Mr. Solomon Ogunji.

The PDP comforts Governor Ikpeazu, who had been thrown into deep mourning over the loss of his most trusted ally and associate, who exhibited uncommon commitment towards the success of the administration through his dedication to all assignments given to him.

Ogunji was indeed a hard working official and very loyal compatriot, whose roles in the infrastructural development of the state, especially in execution of landmark road projects in strategic parts of the state, testify to his commitment towards the success of the PDP-led government in the state and the wellbeing of the people.

The PDP commiserates with Governor Ikpeazu and prays God to grant the Ogunji family, the government and people of Abia state and the PDP family in the state the fortitude to bear this huge loss.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

Ikpeazu charges TC Chairmen to be transparent in distribution of palliatives

The Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has enjoined T.C Chairmen of the 17 local govt areas in the state to be transparent in the distribution of palliatives given by govt to cushion the effect of hardship brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic to their people.

Dr. Ikpeazu who gave the injunction while handing over food items and personal protective items to the T.C Chairmen of 6 local Govt Areas in the state at the office of the wife of the Governor, Govt House, Umuahia as part of the ongoing Govt palliatives to communities in the local Govt Areas, said the gesture are geared towards alleviating the plight of the vulnerable groups and ensure that Abians do not die of hunger during this precarious moment.

The Governor represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu appealed to the Transition Committee Chairmen to ensure that they engage and carry along the Traditional Rulers, Civil Societies, President Generals, Women Organizations , NUJ and other Stakeholders in their various council areas to ensure transparency and accountability and warned that Govt will not tolerate anyone playing politics with the distribution of the palliatives.

He advised Abians to continue to abide by the rules and dictates of the experts, NCDC and Govt aimed at preventing the Corona Virus by observing basic hygienic practice of washing their hands with soap, applying sanitizers, wearing of face Masks among others and prayed that Abians will survive and tell the story of this trying period of the Corona Virus Pandemic.

Dr. Ikpeazu who used the forum to call for support from well meaning Abians to complement Government’s efforts, appreciated all the Health Workers ,front liners, state Inter ministerial Committee for the wonderful job they are doing and prayed for speedy recovery of the index cases so far recorded in the state.

Also Speaking the SSG and Chairman Abia State Inter Ministerial Committee, Mr. Chris Ezem noted that the state Governor is doing everything possible to keep Abia safe in this period of pandemic and urged Abia residents to be guided in their movements as any one flauting the dusk to dawn curfew imposed by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu would be tried by the state Mobile Court.

Responding, the T.C Chairmen of Ukwa West LGA, Chief Sylvanus Nwaji and his Ikwuano Counterpart, Chief Stanley Ojigbo thanked Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for his proactive measures in combating the Covid- 19 pandemic and assured that they will apply full transparency in the distribution of the items across party lines as well as ensure that people at their local Govt areas comply with Govt’s directives on the lockdown and safety measures.

The six local government areas of Ukwa west, Ugwunagbo, Ikwuano, Ohafia, Isiala Ngwa North and Umunneochi were presented with 100 bags of 50kg Rice, 3 bags of Beans , 1,400 face Masks,12 Cartons of hand sanitizers and 80 Cartons of Indomie respectively.