Of Okey Sampson, Umuahia
Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu said his administration has pushed the state further over the past seven years as the work on the ground speaks for itself.
Revealing this during a broadcast to mark the 31st anniversary of the state’s establishment, Ikpeazu said his administration had started and delivered more than 150 roads in the past seven years.
“One thing I have no doubts about is the fact that we have taken Abia State further than we met it seven years ago. Our works speak for us. We have delivered many pioneering and indelible infrastructure projects in various sectors of Abia State. These projects will serve as monuments to the work we have done during our time long after we have left the stage.
“We have over 150 roads that our administration has started and delivered during our tenure. We are strongly advancing work on another 48 roads, and we aim to complete them before handing over to the next administration on May 29, 2023.”
Ikpeazu rolled out some of the roads which he said are of strategic importance and economic importance to the state.
Although most of the roads are located in Abia South Senatorial District, Ikpeazu however said that in Abia North, his administration has constructed Abiriba-Nkporo road and Ugwuezi road in Abiriba.
In the health sector, the governor said his administration had recently commissioned the Anne-Marie Jackson Children’s Specialty Hospital in Umuahia, adding that he was building a state-of-the-art 150-bed hospital with a specialized kidney center. and the heart at the former site of Aba General Hospital.
He added that the government is set to commission a state-of-the-art diagnostic laboratory for Abia North, which will be located at Isuikwuato General Hospital.
Speaking of a master plan for the state, Ikpeazu said, “Today we have in place a long-term development plan, a futuristic document that clearly outlines our development path for the next 30 years. We, in collaboration with UN-HABITAT, now have a standard and workable master plan for Aba, Umuahia and Ohafia.
“We also have an industrial policy which we have been working on with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to produce for our state. These policy documents did not exist before. Undoubtedly, these will have a positive impact on our system of governance. When we add this to the massive investment we have made in building the capacity of young Abiens – developing shoe and garment factories, training our shoemakers in China, scholarships for our students to study abroad, promotion of our locally-made products and many other interventions, it becomes evident that our state is ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow by leveraging our innate qualities and God-given attributes.
In the area of basic education, the governor said his administration has built more than 600 new classroom blocks across the state with four model schools and three federal colleges.
“Our primary school enrollment figures have grown from 150,000 when we started in 2015 to around 700,000 today. We have remained on the list of top performers in the WAEC exams in the country, and we are currently number two on the list of states with the fewest out-of-school children in the country,” the Governor added.
Ikpeazu admitted that in the face of successes, his administration has faced some challenges over the past seven years, explaining the situation this way: “While mentioning some of the modest achievements that we have recorded during our administration, I must not fail to recognize some of the challenges we have faced, particularly in the area of security and the management of our payroll, payroll, pensions and other emoluments.
“I would like to assure Ndi Abia and all those affected by these challenges that we are working with all parties concerned to quickly resolve the associated issues. I continue to implore the support and corporation of all stakeholders involved in the future.
Alluding to the 2023 elections, Ikpeazu called on the people of the state to ensure that while participating in the ongoing electoral process, remember that they have no place to call home other than Abia State, adding that they should not burn down houses to upset their brothers. , emphasizing that no one’s ambition was worth the disruption of the peace of the state.