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#EndSARS: Ikpeazu inaugurates committee to ascertain level of destruction

…calls on Abia youth to submit business proposals for possible government sponsorship

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has officially inaugurated a 12-man committee to ascertain the level of damage to private and public infrastructure arising from the recent protests by Nigerian youths in the State.

The committee has the Commissioner for Special Duties, Chief Chimaobi Ebisike, as Chairman.

Inaugurating the committee at Government House, Umuahia, Governor Ikpeazu spelt out the terms of reference of the committee to include ascertaining the root causes of the destruction of public and private infrastructure in the State during the #EndSARS protest, to enumerate public and private properties destroyed or vandalized during the protest, to evaluate financial losses arising from the said destruction and how government can pay compensations where possible as well as advise government on possible ways of averting future occurrences.

The Governor equally urged the committee to make recommendations on how the destroyed properties can be rebuilt within the shortest possible time and to do everything necessary or incidental to the actualisation of the mandate.

The State Chief Executive said that the recent events necessitated the constitution of the committee, which he said has 12 weeks to turn in its report.

Governor Ikpeazu, who charged the committee members to explore ways through which to engage the youths in a constructive manner, disclosed that he is embarking on another local government elections in the State to underscore the importance of youth inclusion in Governance.

He explained that elections at the council levels provide opportunities for youths to participate as officials either as elected persons or appointees and urged Abia youths to submit proposals on their choice of businesses for sponsorship by the state government.

The Governor said that his administration has done a lot to provide job opportunities for the youths in the State including changing the narratives in artisanship/entrepreneurship in Aba and Abia as a whole, and ongoing efforts in establishing automated shoe factory in the State, all targeted at the youths.

He also recalled government efforts at the general promotion of Made-in-Aba products and establishment of SME Bank for Micro and Medium entrepreneurs among others.

Governor Ikpeazu said that cottage industries are being established currently in the State starting with 7 LGAs, adding that the machines for the industries are already on ground from India.

Other members of the Committee include Aaron Iyke, Comrade Frank Eme Orji, Engr. Sunday Okpara, Dr Ugochukwu Onyeonoro, Chief Jerry Kalu, Mr Ugwumba Adiele, Mr Chris Nwanevo, Mr. O. J. Bob Amanze, Mr Okechukwu Osuoha, Mrs. Joy Iwuchukwu and CSP Emeka Ubani

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, chairman of the committee, Chief Chimaobi Ebisike thanked the Governor for the opportunity to serve the State through the assignment, and promised “to meet up with the expectations of government and the good people of Abia”.

Among other government functionaries present at the inauguration was the Deputy Governor of the State, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu.

Governor Ikpeazu receives report on post covid-19 economic recovery plan, promises full implementation

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has assured that the content of the report of the Abia State post Covid-19 recovery Committee will form the key pedestal upon which Abia will launch into a new economic world.

Governor Ikpeazu who said this while receiving the report of the committee headed by Elder statesman, Professor Anya O. Anya, at his his Umuobiakwa country home, restated his vision and commitment towards launching Abia into a new economic order that will be self sustaining.

The Governor thanked Professor Anya O. Anya for his level of commitment to the development of the state and noted that the greatest of the state remains the ingenuity of Ndi Abia.

He recalled the role played by tailors in Aba in the mass production of locally made facemasks as their own way of supporting the government in containing the Covid-19 pandemic, and promised that a convocation of Abia elites will take place to chart the best way of implementing the report to its fullest.

Governor Ikpeazu equally restated commitment to repositioning the state civil service as an enabler for greater productivity, adding that he only wants to be remembered by the quality of infrastructure put in place and not just the number of roads built during his time.

He noted that Abia as of today remains the only State providing health care services to Abians leveraging the Tele-Health Initiative, adding that the performance of Abia children in national examinations also speak volume of his huge investment in the education sector, especially with retraining of teachers and provision of critical school infrastructure.

Speaking while presenting the report, chairman of the committee, Professor Anya O. Anya stressed the need for Abia to embrace the opportunities provided by the Covid-19 pandemic and leverage on the areas where the state has comparative advantage.

Professor Anya while noting that Abia has produced many great leaders in history, said that the performance of Abia children in national examinations is a confirmation that the state has all it takes to challenge the world in the competitive global arena.

The former University Don and national award winner equally called on Government to invest in human capacity and capability development so as to be able to fit into the challenges and innovations of the 21st century.

He called for a system where the pursuit of excellence, truth, innovation and high quality of education will be the order of the day, adding that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu must have been inspired by God to set up the committee.

Moderating the event through the Zoom platform, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Diaspora Matters, Dr Ngozi Ogbonna-Erondu recalled that the committee was inaugurated by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in May this year to come up with a blueprint to manage the economy of the state beyond the Covid-19 era as well as profer recommendations for the sustainable development of the state.

Other members of the committee present during the presentation of the report included the secretary of the committee, Dr Mrs Nnenna Chikezie, Chief Chris Odinaka Igwe, Mr Eze Ajuzie while others joined through the Zoom platform.

Collapsed Building: Ikpeazu visits site, suspends town planner

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has visited the site of a building in Aba which collapsed while under construction. The Governor expressed his deep sadness over the incident which has so far claimed five lives.

The visibly angry Governor Ikpeazu also expressed shock at the low quality materials used to erect the 3-storey building. He therefore directed the immediate suspension of Mr Okezie Ahuruonye, the Executive Secretary, Aba Town Planning Authority, and directed security agents to arrest the developer of the property and bring him to justice swiftly.

Governor Ikpeazu who expressed his desire to meet with the family of the dead persons also directed the state ministry of land, planning and survey to improve its supervision at construction sites, and condemned those who embark on construction of buildings without obtaining proper approvals, warning them to desist from such acts or face dire consequences.

Governor Ikpeazu was accompanied by his Deputy, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, Acting Transition Council Chairman of Aba South LGA, Evangelist Fred Aja Ogwo, among other top government officials.

Meanwhile, Governor Ikpeazu has appointed the Deputy General Manager of Abia State Environnental Protection Agency (ASEPA), Chief Roland Nwakanma, as the site coordinator of the ongoing search and recover efforts of the government. This was revealed by the State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, while addressing newsmen after the commissioning of Abia state Infectious Disease Hospital and COVID-19 treatment center in Aba. He assured that the Governor is directly supervising the recovery efforts and will ensure that anyone found culpable in the building collapse will be brought to justice.

New BCA power sub station to boost its operations

By Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu

The new Broadcasting Corporation of Abia State 1.5 MVA injection power sub station procured and installed by Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu’s administration is expected to boost the operations of the corporation.

It will be recalled Gov. Ikpeazu recently commissioned the sub station.

The governor while commissioning the project described” power as the live wire of a broadcast station, adding that “it was for the reason his administration though it necessary to provide the station with the sub station to boost its operations”.

Ikpeazu thanked the management of the station for effective dissemination of information, especially the Teach Abia School Children, which is disseminated through the radio classroom programme.

He charged the management of the radio station and the host community to protect the facility as to serve them better.

Responding, the Director-General of the corporation, Sir Anyaso Anyaso noted that power is essential to the survival of the station, especially during this period economies of governments and institutions across the globe are badly hit by the Coronavirus pandemic.

He disclosed that the station has been running on diesel for the past years, stressing that the new gesture will go a long way in sustaining the station.

Ikpeazu commissions new BCA power sub station

Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has commissioned the 1.5 MVA Injection Sub Station procured and installed by his administration for the Broadcasting Corporation of Abia State (BCA).

Commisioning the project, the Governor described power as the live wire of a broadcast station, maintaining that it was for that reason that his government thought it necessary to provide the station with what it needed to thrive. He thanked the BCA management for the marvelous job it was doing in the disemination of information and commended them for supporting the government to teach Abia school children through the radio classroom programme.

The Governor further urged the management of BCA and the host community to protect and nurture the sub station to serve them better. He expressed joy that what seemed a mirage 30 years ago has now become a reality.

Welcoming the Governor, the Director General of BCA, Sir Anyaso Anyaso, described the event as historic, adding that the significance of the project is indeed enormous.

He noted that power is essential to the survival of ventures such as theirs, especially at a time like this when the resources of States and the nation have been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The Director General informed that for almost 30 years of its existence, the station has been running on diesel and expressed gratitude for the rare feat achieved by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, adding that it will go a long way in sustaining the station despite limited resources.

Sir Anyaso said the station has since recovered lost hours during the day and extended broadcast time to 12 midnight daily disclosing that what the Governor has done is like a life insurance policy that would certainly herald the reemergence of a broadcast industry giant, the station born to lead and set it on the path to attaining its true potential. He disclosed that the station has launched an online App that will enable people outside its coverage area to listen to its broadcast.

The Governor later held an interactive session with Abia people on the radio.

Gov Ikpeazu sacks Abia SEMB Executive Secretary, drops 5,666 teachers over employment waiver

Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, the Governor of Abia State, has ordered the compulsory retirement of the Executive Secretary of Secondary Education Management Board, SEMB, Lawrence Ogbonna, who was on suspension.

The governor also said that 5,666 teachers who were wrongly employed without waiver by the Secretary be dropped from the state’s employment register.

The Governor’s directive was contained in a press release by his Chief of Staff, Barrister Anthony Agbazuere, on Wednesday, after receiving the report of the Committee on the supposed employment without waiver at the Secondary Education Management Board, SEMB.

In the release, Governor Ikpeazu noted the submissions of the Committee to the effect that out of the 5,853 people said to have been employed between 2018 to 2020, only 187 people were employed with a waiver, leaving the rest 5,666 people as employed without the waiver.

“In case, any of the 5,666 people employed without a waiver, was asked to start work by anybody, such a person should stop forthwith, having been so employed unlawfully.

“Schools that have a need for teachers in some special areas should make their submissions to the Commissioner for Education and copy the Chief of Staff to the Governor.

“That whenever there is such need to employ teachers, the government shall take recourse to the list of 5,666 people for employment”.

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”.