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Ikpeazu commissions 4 new roads in Aba(PHOTOS)

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has assured residents of Aba that the era of “Dubai roads” is gone in the city as his administration has set standards that must be followed by others.

Speaking during the commssioning of the 2.3 kilometres Osusu Road, Aba, reconstructed by the administration using rigid pavement (cement) technology, Governor Ikpeazu who also commissioned 3 other roads today as part of his “Kinetic Abia” tours appealed to the people of the state to work hard to protect roads done in their areas.

After expressing satisfaction with the completion of the roads, the Governor noted that Osusu Road is of great economic value to the state, as it is one of the gateways to the famous Ariaria International Market in Aba. He further informed that his administration has so far constructed 5 other access roads to Ariaria area of the state.

Governor Ikpeazu recalled that prior to the reconstruction of Osusu Road, economic activities in the area was crippled, saying that the project has now greatly restored the people’s diminishing means of livelihood.

The Governor said that his administration did its best in giving the people a quality road using the rigid pavement technology which is a sure way to prolonging the lifespan of roads.

He said that the era of “Dubai roads” is gone in the state as his administration is poised to giving Abians roads of the highest quality using the rigid pavement technology which is now the minimum standard of the State Government.

In his words: “The era of “Dubai roads” is gone in Aba and Abia State. Our Government is committed to executing durable road projects using the cement pavement technology in Aba in particular and other necessary parts of Abia in general. This is the standard we have set for ourselves from the inception of this administration and I am confident that whoever succeeds us will be resisted by Ndi Abia if he or she attempts to construct the “Dubai roads” that we saw in the past in this state. The era of “Dubai roads” is gone for good and there is no looking back”, he said.

The State Chief Executive then directed the Commissioner for Works and other relevant government officials to immediately fast track the ongoing work on Ngwa Road within the next four weeks without compromising quality or risk being relieved of their duties.

Governor Ikpeazu urged residents of Osusu and other newly commissioned roads to set up a task force to protect the roads against vandalism and assured that Okigwe, Immaculate, Cemetery, ABSUTH and other ongoing road projects in Aba will soon be completed and commissioned.

While addressing newsmen after inspecting the newly reconstructed Milverton, Eziukwu and Ojike Roads in Aba, Governor Ikpeazu stated that the Osisioma flyover will be ready for use within the next four months as the project contractor has been fully paid for the job and expressed worry over the absence of Arab Contractors Company handling the Osisioma-Asa Nnentu axis of the Enugu Port Harcourt Expressway project.

He also expressed worry over the slow pace of work on the Ngwa Road project which includes the construction of an underground tunnel in the road to help channel storm water to Aba River from the Ndiegoro area of the state revealing that work is ongoing along Ohanku and Obohia Roads respectively.

Speaking while commissioning Osusu road, the Apostolic Nuncio and Head of diplomatic Missions to Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago of the Catholic Church, the Most Rev Fortunatus Nwachukwu noted that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has written his name in gold through the project.

The Achbishop said that the array of projects executed by the Governor speak volume of the welfarist nature of the present administration in the state, a disposition that has put the Governor’s detractors to shame. He wondered why some people will demarket the administration and the state through baseless propaganda.

In his remarks, the Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Okochukwu said that the brand new Osusu royad is Government’s best New Year gift to the Aba business community, adding that he is pleased to associate with the dreams, policies, philosophies and programmes of the Governor.

In their separate speeches, the state PDP Chairman, Chief Alwell Asiforo Okere and the Chairman House committee on works and member representing Isialangwa North State constituency, Chief Ginger Onwusibe described the road as one of the signature road projects of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

On his part, the Commissioner for Works, Dr Bob Ogu said that the brand new Osusu Road is a confirmation of the Governor’s resolve to bequeath the best road network to Abians and urged the residents to stand against any negative acts that could reduce the lifespan of the road.

The Chairman, Aba South LGA, Mr Emmanuel Clinton-Ebere and his Aba North counterpart, Prince Chimuehiura Ikonne noted that Osusu road remained impassable for over twenty five years, describing the project as the celebration of hardwork and efficient service delivery .

The Project Contractor, Mr Uzoma Onuoha said that the road which can accommodate four vehicles at a time, has its unique mark of quality as it was constructed using the rigid pavement technology .

Expressing their feelings, some indigenes and residents of the area including Eze Isaac Ikonne, Mrs Promise Nwagba, Mr Nnadozie Cajetan, the President of ASMATA, Chief Lucky Akubueze, a representative of National Association of Ngwa Students among others, noted that the road has remained inaccessible for decades, thanked the Governor for coming to their rescue and that of numerous others whose sources of livelihood depend on the the road being accessible.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu who earlier inspected progress of work on the Ngwa Road, equally flagged off the reconstruction of Omuma Road, Aba, as well as commissioned a cluster of 3 roads in the Ogbor Hill area of Aba namely Egege, First Avenue and Ebenma/Ama Ohafia roads. He urged residents of the areas to ensure that they protect the road by ensuring proper disposal of refuse and monitor the road to ensure that hoodlums don’t burn tyres or illegally excavate it.

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Abia State Governor to commission Osusu Rd, others tomorrow

Following the completion of Osusu Road project in Aba South LGA, Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, will tomorrow Monday, 11th of January, 2021, commission the road for public use.

The Governor will commission the road in the company of Catholic Archbishop, His Excellency, The Most Reverend Fortunatus Nwachukwu, Apostolic Nuncio (Head of Diplomatic Missions) to Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Antilles, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname.

The Governor will also commission Ebenma, First Avenue and Egege/Ama Ohafia Roads in Aba North LGA of the State.

Governor Ikpeazu who is also expected to inspect ongoing road projects along Ngwa, Ohanku and Obohia Roads in Aba South LGA, cordially invites the Deputy Governor, Rt Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu, Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji and members of Abia State House of Assembly, members of Abia State Executive Council (Exco), Traditional Rulers, The Clergy and members of the Press, to accompany him on the commissioning and inspection functions.

The project commissioning and inspection tours tagged “Kinetic Abia” and launched in August 2020 have seen the Governor commission eleven completed road projects bringing to a total of 102 road project completed by his administration with 56 other construction project sites active across the state.

Philanthropist, Alex Ikwechegh Joins Abia 1st Family to Celebrate 29th Anniversary +PHOTOS

Renowned Philanthropist and Founder of Alex Ikwechegh Foundation, Chief (Hon) Alex Ikwechegh, on Tuesday, joined a select few personalities to celebrate the Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and wife, Nkechi, on their 29th marriage anniversary.

Hon. Alex Ikwechegh was a special guest at the small private ceremony which held at the couple’s private residence in Umuobiakwa, Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia state.

Speaking with correspondents, after calling at Ikpeazu’s home, the philanthropist described the Abia state Governor as his old time friend.

He wished the celebrants; Dr. Okezie and Nkechi Ikpeazu many more years together as a great couple in unity and love, including celebrating their golden and diamond jubilee in good health, in years to come.

Recall that Ikpeazu and Nkechi got married in 1991. The Governor had earlier revealed he would marry the first lady over and over again, describing her as a formidable pillar of support.

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Interview: I have no plans of dumping PDP- Gov Ikpeazu

Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has reiterated that he has no plans of dumping the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Ikpeazu in an interview on Friday said he believed that people from Abia State are comfortable with PDP.

According to him, the aspirations of the state will be met under the leadership of the PDP.

He said, “I don’t begrudge those who jump political platforms but for me, I have not seen any reason why I should leave PDP.

“The music of politics as it plays differs from one day to another. Here in Abia, I think that ndi Abia are comfortable with PDP.

“I think the aspirations of ndi Abia will be met under the platform of the PDP. Nobody has been able to convince me that there is a better party for us in Abia than the PDP.

“Not until that happens I am a strong member of PDP, I am a leader in PDP and in fact, I am the deputy chairman of the PDP Governors Forum. I will rather be a conductor in a moving vehicle than a driver of the stationary vehicle.”

OSISIOMA FLYOVER, GOVERNOR IKPEAZU & MUCH ADO ABOUT MARKS BEFORE EXAMS

I do not know why Governor Ikpeazu information managers are holding back. Most likely, they want to have the last laugh. Certainly Abia will have the last laugh under Ikpeazu.

Above notwithstanding, it is however absurd to have conclusively marked Governor Ikpeazu papers and produced an undeserving score card while he’s still in the examination hall.
From hindsight, and for the umpteenth time, the government of Okezie Ikpeazu will emerge strong and tops from the ruins that Abia was.

Without equivocation, all the rotten roads in Aba and environ did not just acquire their notoriety under Ikpeazu. When I returned to the PDP (a party I co-built in 1998/9) we appraised, advised, and agreed that the new design of the portharcourt/enugu express way under construction will alter the project design of the Osisioma flyover already under construction. We also looked at its importance, the meddlesomeness of the federal government on the Ekeakpara federal road also earmarked for construction by the Ikpeazu government, and decided to re-order priority. Construction work actually started on the road but was stopped by the federal government.

Based on all of the above, it was decided that work on the Osisioma bridge be slowed down until the design around the area is released by the federal government.

This ultimately affected the speed, the funding, and late delivery of the bridge. At some point, I personally intervened, coordinating a meeting between the Governor, Arab contractors handlers of the Enugu-PH project and the Federal controller of works, Engineer Nwankwo in Umuahia. This attempt was also sabotaged. After several months of dialogue, and back and forth, the design, comprising six lanes, was released, and work has resumed in earnest. I’m really surprised that information managers have not made this public.

Your acclaimed ‘’center table’’ will soon become a master-piece and a beauty to behold worth the wait.

Sometime in 2018, the Governor had embarked on vigorous drive for investment partners. I did write on my Facebook page that upon its fruition, such an endeavor will lead to inflow of cash leading to government ability to meeting her infrastructural and recurrent expenditure obligations, especially payment of salaries, pensions, gratuities and grants.
That is also being achieved with recent bulk payment of salaries, grants and escalation of works on several construction sites including the notorious Ngwa road, Obohia, Ohanku, PH road, Osusu, Omuma, and many others. (Please see attached complete list of road projects to be delivered this dry season).
Governor Ikpeazu has found his rhythm and the beat shall continue till 2023 and thereafter.

As the government of Okezie Ikpeazu continues to slant heavily on the intangibles – especially on human capital development, sponsorship of overseas scholarships for our young lads, skill acquisition for artisans in China, Turkey and other places, and monthly stipend for over 1000 families and aides with it’s multiplier effect on the micro economy, Abia will have the last laugh.

As constantly advocated since returning to the PDP in 2017, I can only call for patience with the Ikpeazu government. I had equally assured that the government is focused on and committed to cleaning the mess he met on ground, including that left behind by irritants and detractors.

Like the noble undertaker he is, Ikpeazu has continued to carry his cross with equanimity, ploughing without looking back, and preferring, instead, to head to the resurrection chapel rather than the cemetery where our collective bones will be interred.

A man who has three years to live has three years to life, and cannot by any imagination be certified dead or written off. It is bestial cruelty at its apogee to award marks while the exam is still on.
Ikpeazu will certainly prove bookmakers very very wrong!

Ochiagha Reagan Ufomba

Abia, 09, 11, 2020

Abia Governor Ikpeazu is not going to APC – Commissioner

The Abia State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu has debunked rumours making rounds that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is planning to move to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Kalu in a telephone chat this morning, told Jungle Journalist Media Limited that the rumour is only true in the minds of those who created it, for whatever motive they have in mind.

“Where is that happening?”, he responded, when confronted with the question. “We are PDP, and we will remain PDP. The governor has no such plans”, he stated.

Recall that it has been in the media that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, former president Goodluck Jonathan, Senator Ike Ekweremmadu and former governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha were planning to join the APC.

Road maintenance: Ikpeazu to engage fresh Abia engineering graduates

Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has stated that his administration is determined to continue to empower youths of the State by engaging them in the growth and development plans for Abia.

The Governor stated this on his official Twitter handle on Friday. According to him, the fresh graduates will be engaged to fix the challenges of road maintenance in all the 17 LGAs of the state, getting empowered in the process by equipping them “with the necessary tools including asphalt cutters, rollers, duty trucks and power packs to support night operations”.

Ikpeazu also stated that the fresh graduates whom he praised for their “ingenuity and commitment” will be trained by engineers at the State ministry of works. He therefore called on qualified Abians to apply for the openings till 30th of November.

The Governor’s tweets are reproduced below:

“In Abia, we since recognised the need to tackle the twin problems of youth empowerment and sustainable road maintenance anchored on the ingenuity and commitment of Abia youths accross the 17 LGAs. In the first phase, we’re recruiting a team of fresh civil engineering graduates to head the various LG Road Maintenance Agencies. Each team will undergo tutelage under the engineers of our state ministry of works and will be equipped with the necessary tools including ashphalt cutters, rollers, duty trucks and power packs to support night operations.

“I hereby call on qualified Abia youths: engineers, surveyors, and those in other related disciplines, to apply for the openings through the ministry of works between now and the 30th of November! Umu Abia, lets do it ourselves!!!”

Industrialization: Ikpeazu dispatches team to Turkey, others

…plans ultra modern garment factory in Aba

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has dispatched a team of garment entrepreneurs to Bangladesh, Vietnam and Turkey, respectively, on exploratory visits for a planned ultramodern garment factory that will soon open in the State.

This much was made known by the Governor himself in his tweets over the weekend.

The Governor said the garment factory when operational, will complement the shoe factory already established in the state, saying these will create jobs for Abia youths.

The tweet is reproduced below:

“Further to my industrialization agenda, I have dispatched a team to Bangladesh, Vietnam and Turkey respectively on exploratory visit for the planned ultra modern garment factory we are opening soon in Abia to complement the already established Shoe Factory

“I am poised as ever to make Aba the fashion capital of Nigeria with automated shoe and garment factories producing in tens of thousands daily. That’s jobs, jobs and more jobs for our people”.

#EndSARS: In Lagos, Ikpeazu preaches reconciliation, reassurances and confidence building

Following the EndSARS protest, Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has advocated for the country to embark on reconciliation, reassurances and confidence building among all citizens as a way forward for the nation.

The Governor stated this on Thursday while on a visit to his Lagos State counterpart, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Lagos.

The Abia Governor said it was necessary to embark on these exercises “to further emphasise on those things that bind and unite us a people”.

Ikpeazu who commiserated with families that lost loved ones and property during the protests, said he was elated by the opportunity he had to also personally convey his sympathy to the Lagos State Governor over the attack on the residence of his mother and on the palace of the Oba of Lagos during the EndSARS protest, said “we should aim to learn so much from the supreme sacrifice made by Lt Col Adekunle Fajuyi, then military Governor of the former Western region, who defended his friend, Gen Aguiyi Ironsi even with his life. That action of his has elevated the ceiling of expectations of love, loyalty and patriotism between the people of Abia State and those of the entire South West”, he said.

Continuing, the Govermor said such supreme sacrifice paid for a friend should challenge us as a people of all divides and inclinations to be our brother’s keeper.

The Abia State Governor expressed gratitude to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for providing the needed ambience for Ndi Igbo to thrive in Lagos and assured that Abia State remans home for all Nigerians engaged in legitimate businesses to succeed.

He advised Abians in Lagos to remain law abiding and supportive of the Government of the day.

Governor Ikpeazu’s Evidence-Based Leadership: Promises Made, Promises Kept -(Part 1)

By Sam Hart

The Bible admonishes anyone desirous of embarking on a building project to first sit down and count the cost. A scriptural imperative for the place of planning in the successful implementation of any project. Planning outlines your vision and options and helps you chart the best path towards the actualization of set objectives.

In the course of his aspiration to be the Governor of Abia State in 2014, even before the Primaries of his political party, Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu held series of technical sessions with a broad-based team of economic, social and political experts to craft a solid development plan that will guide the Ikpeazu administration in the governance of Abia State.

The series of intense and engaging meetings led to the production of a document which outlined the pillars and enablers of the Ikpeazu vision and critical milestones for monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness or otherwise of those plans.

The writer was privileged to participate in most of the meetings in topic and is in a position to juxtapose what was planned, what was promised, as captured in the manifesto document, as against what has been delivered in various sectors of the Abia economy.

The write-up contains verbatim reproductions of relevant portions of the manifesto as it relates to what was promised in different sectors and provide empirical evidence of how those promises have been kept.

COMMERCE
PROMOTION OF THE COMMERCIAL INGENUITY OF THE PEOPLE OF ABIA STATE

“We will also transform the businesses of our very enterprising and skilled populace to achieve scale and world class appeal. That way, ‘Made in Aba’ will become something to be proud of and not something shoddy; Made in Aba products comprising shoe/ leather, garments and other such sectors will be bought in global retail chains and markets. We will have wealthy Abians and residents out of these historical areas of strength” Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu – November 2014.

This was the vision and outlook of aspirant Ikpeazu even before winning the primaries of his political party to fly its flag at the general elections. He had clarity of what he wanted to achieve in this sector and he outlined how he wanted to go about it.

In the last five years, it is very safe to declare that Governor Ikpeazu has kept and even surpassed the promise he made to the entrepreneurs of Abia State. The Governor has personally taken up the mantle of championing the promotion of the ingenuity and creativity of his people. From his assumption of office till date, he has only worn articles of clothing Made in Aba/Abia State and that has elevated the standing of the creations of Aba producers as his personal example has given them confidence.

Made in Aba, true to his promise, has become a household name locally and globally. Hitherto unimaginable economic opportunities have come the way of Abians who are engaged in the leather and garment industry over the last five years indisputably as a result of the deliberate policy of the Ikpeazu administration. The Federal Government of Nigeria has paid special attention to Aba with a number of deliberate policies aimed at uplifting their status. Made in Aba Showcase events have been organized by the Ikpeazu administration in Abuja, Lagos, New York, Johannesburg, London, and other major cities locally and internationally.

The Nigerian Armed Forces and those of other African Countries have patronized Aba entrepreneurs for their military clothing essentials. At the onset of the COVID 19 Pandemic, Governor Ikpeazu rallied Aba producers and they commenced the massive production of reusable Facemasks which were soon in high demand. At the peak of the pandemic, Aba stepped up and met the Nation’s medical essential clothing needs when foreign imports were impracticable.

Over 5 Billion Naira has been added to the economy of Aba as a direct knock-on effect of the aggressive Made in Aba Campaign with over 10,000 Jobs being created directly and new opportunities created for 100,000 other Abians who provide ancillary services for the productive sector in Aba and Abia State.

Governor Ikpeazu promised to scale the business of the Aba producer and afford them access to global opportunities and economic empowerment. This promise has been comprehensively kept with a lot more opportunities coming on stream shortly.

INDUSTRY
POSITIONING ABIA STATE AS THE PREMIER BUSINESS DESTINATION IN NIGERIA AND WEST AFRICA

“Our Unique God-given Geographical location and attendant assets- The State is strategically located with access to at least 7 other states across the south-East and South-south. This natural accessibility makes our State a choice location for establishing business and accessing other surrounding markets in Nigeria and abroad”. – Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, November 2014

The above is the backdrop and overarching vision behind the massive support for the establishment of the Enyimba Economic City. The project has been declared by international financial institutions to be the most iconic project with best prospects for massive return on investment in Nigeria at the moment. It is the first Special Economic Zone in the South East of Nigeria and a landmark project of trans-generational implications. Set on over 9,300 Acres of land spanning 3 LGAs in Abia State, the Enyimba Economic City is a mixed use industrial complex with the potential for the creation of 650,000 jobs over the next 10 years. With the full and financial backing of the Federal Government of Nigeria which has taken equity stakes in the project, other key anchor tenants have since come on board and formal groundbreaking for the project is expected to be performed imminently by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The landmark Enyimba Economic City is set on the backdrop of other outstanding feats in the industrial development of the State. The Governor Ikpeazu administration, upon resumption of office, prioritized the resuscitation of moribund industries in Abia State to ensure that they resume operation, provide jobs for the people of Abia State and contribute to the general industrial vibrancy of the State.

It is on the basis of that that the Ikpeazu administration provided massive support to the new core investors of Golden Guinea Breweries Plc, Umuahia, which enabled the company resume operation after a 30-year shutdown. Efforts are in top gear to ensure the resuscitation of similarly unoperational industries in Abia State.

Still on industrial support, the administration of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, in fulfillment of its promise to ensure that Abia State is an attractive investment haven, has midwifed establishment and expansion of a large Chinese Industrial Conglomerate in the State. Through constant hand-holding and support, the Inner Galaxy Steel Company, which started operations in 2017 as a single company, has since grown into a 5-company Conglomerate, metamorphosing into an industrial cluster which is expanding by the day, completely changing the landscape of the Ukwa Area where it is located.

Another key project is the establishment of the Enyimba Automated Shoe Company, Aba, which was set up by the administration of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu to introduce a critical missing link in the shoemaking prowess of the city of Aba to wit, Automation. The Factory boasts the most modern equipments in shoemaking while serving as incubation hub for the 30 shoemakers the administration had earlier sent to China to study automated shoemaking. Indeed, the machines installed in the Enyimba Shoe Factory are the latest editions of the same machines used by the trainees in China. They will, in addition to working as staff of the factory on the machines, train other batch of trainees on automated shoemaking using the same machines. This move is guaranteed to deepen technological penetration and automation in the shoemaking trajectory of Aba.

A technical study team has also being sent to Bangladesh and Vietnam to understudy automated industrial garment-making from the leading countries in the trade and upon return, The Enyimba Garment Factory will also be set up to cement the pre-eminent dominance of Aba as the Leather and Garment Capital of West Africa.

Other industries that have received the support of the Governor Okezie Ikpeazu administration to either set up operation, expand existing operations or restart halted operations include the NIBRA Shoe Company, Ukwa, with the support of NEXIM Bank, Tunnel End Group of Companies, Osisioma and Geometric Power Company, Aba, where Governor Ikpeazu has worked with the promoter, Prof. Bart Nnaji to resolve the issues and get the company to full operation.

On the promise of positioning Abia State as the premier business destination in Nigeria, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has delivered on that promise.
One thing is clear from all of the above, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu was very clear on what he set out to achieve as Governor and has single-mindedly pursued his vision to the glory of God and for the benefit of the people of Abia State.

This series, in subsequent parts, will dissect other sectoral promises made by the Governor in his campaign manifesto and empirically provide proof of how they have been met and surpassed in most cases.

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Sam Hart, a Lawyer, lives in Umuahia