We’re Constructing Ntigha Dry Port To Meet Our People’s Needs – Ikpeazu
Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has said his administration is prioritizing the needs of the people in terms of infrastructure development of the state. The governor made this known during a zoom meeting organized by the Abia Media Forum.
According to him, resources of the state must be properly channeled to address fundamental needs of the people. He further stressed the importance of a dry port at Ntigha to facilitate ease of doing business in Aba and the state at large.
Governor Ikpeazu who said the state would not embark on building an airport just to impress people simply because other states in the region have done so stated that “we are looking at viability here, economy is key. Only about 5% of our population have interest in flying while the other 95% use road to move their goods and services.
“We must look at the needs of our people before embarking on any project”, he said.
The governor also said his administration was working closely with sister states to address the issue of insecurity in the region. He reiterated the importance of the Ebubeagu security outfit and said it would help address the security challenges faced in the region.
He disclosed that the idea behind the Ebubeagu Security outfit is to collaborate and maximize the comparative advantage in each state of the region, enable the region procure modern technology to facilitate the monitoring of movement of persons and to effectively tackle the challenges headlong.
Dr. Ikpeazu said the launch of the new security outfit couldn’t have come at a better time and that the state already had in place the Homeland Security Unit with a mandate to protect life and property of people of the state.
While stating that the state was deepening the Ebubeagu security outfit by recruiting at the ward and community levels citizens who would help in the area of information and intelligence gathering at the grassroots level, the state chief executive said “the state will soon organize a stakeholders forum which will have in attendance all stakeholders in the security sector.
“We are bringing together stakeholders in the security sector to help us evaluate the template we have; this will enable us tackle the security challenges we are faced with. Our target is to create a security architecture robust enough to secure our state.”
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While addressing the issue of criminal herdsmen in the state, the governor said his administration took proactive measure by enacting a bill through the State Assembly to ban open grazing in the state. This he said had helped the state in addressing the issue of herders and farmers clashes in the state.
“We have a law on open grazing. Aside from Benue State, Abia was the first to pass the Anti-Open Grazing law in the country. We are tackling criminal herdsmen from other parts of the country and sub-region. We are enforcing the law”, he said.
He called for the decentralization of the nation’s security architecture and the creation of state police to enable states to tackle their peculiar challenges.
While reiterating the need to address the issue of perceived injustice in the country, the governor said there were complaints of injustice, lopsidedness in appointments, and lack of consideration of the feelings of those occupying the Nigerian territory in critical decision making of the country.
He called for inclusiveness in the appointment of personnel, noting for example that in the security architecture of the country, the southeast doesn’t have any security representative in the security council meeting. “There is a need to have an all inclusive government in order to assuage the feelings of those agitating”, he said.
Governor Ikpeazu used the occasion to reiterate his government’s mission to leave Abia State better than he met it.
“I want to be remembered as someone who came and tackled intractable issues; I want to be remembered as the governor who tackled unworkable roads like Faulks, Ama Ikonne, and the governor who added to the road infrastructural stock of the state.
“Most of the roads we constructed are still standing and would stand the test of time. We have affected positively all facet of state infrastructure: education, health care, road, agriculture, SME, etc. Our aim is to leave the state better than we met it,” he added.
Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has said his administration is prioritizing the needs of the people in terms of infrastructure development
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His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.
Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.
Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.
He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.
While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha
The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.
“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.
“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”
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