Gov. Ikpeazu (r) making the presentation
Abia State Governor Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, on Wednesday, handed over a cheque of ten million naira to the family of late Hon. Ossy Prestige for the education of the last son of the Hon. member who before his demise represented Aba North/South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
Making the presentation today during the second edition of the Town Hall Meeting between him and the Abiriba community in Aba held at the Abiriba Communal Improvement Union (ACIU) Hall, Jubilee Road, Gov. Ikpeazu expressed deep sense of personal loss following the news of the death of Prestige, called for prayers and support to the family at this time of grief and going forward.
A statement signed by Sir Onyebuchi Ememanka, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Gov. Ikpeazu, said the governor also pledged that that his administration will complete the Abiriba Ring Road, and promised to donate by next month, 150 units of Solar Powered Street lights for installation along the main road that leads into the Abiriba Community.
He described the late Prestige as someone who was close to him regardless of differences in political affiliation and assured that he will be fully involved in the burial ceremonies.
Receiving the cheque on behalf of the family, the member representing Aba Central State Constituency and Minority Leader of the Abia State House of Assembly, Hon. Abraham Oba, thanked the governor for his kind gesture.
He assured him that the people of Abiriba appreciate the love and kindness he has always shown to them, the deceased who died recently in a German Hospital and also to the family he left behind. He promised that the family will use the fund judiciously.
The high points of the Town Hall meeting included the presentation of Gov. Ikpeazu’s scorecard, and responses to questions from community members.
The governor stated that the State will soon take delivery of a tunneling machine to be deployed for the Aba flood management project. The machine will handle underground tunneling and storm water management around Ngwa, Portharcourt, Ohanku roads and environs.
He disclosed that the underground work to be done in the area with the tunneling machine measures 17 metres beneath, hence, no building in the area would be pulled down as a result of the work.
The governor, who informed that his decision to solve the flood water problem of the area permanently is to build solid roads, assured that his successor would no longer need to reclaim the area and maintained that he would do more roads in the days ahead.
He revealed that his administration would build a health village at the Aba General hospital premises and informed that over 600 class room blocks have been built across the state while model schools have also been constructed to boost education in the State.
Gov. Ikpeazu also directed the Commissioner for Works to visit the Igbere – Abiriba erosion site and report to him for remediation work to be done.
He commended the Abiriba people for their sustained support to his administration and their contributions to the State economy describing them as true representatives of entrepreneurial spirit of the Igbo nation and a pride to Abia State.
The state chief executive urged the Aba community to support the PDP candidate in the forthcoming by-election.
Also speaking, the Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu said the governor has achieved a lot in many facets of the economy including security.
He noted that Abiriba people are beneficiaries of the governor’s policy thrust, adding that the governor is ensuring that businesses are thriving in the State based on the aggressive promotion of Mad- in-Aba and SME development.
In his speech, the Minority Leader and member representing Aba Central at the State House of Assembly, Hon. Abraham Oba, thanked the Governor for reconstructing many roads in his constituency, including Ukaegbu, Ehere, Egege, Ebenma, Milverton roads among others and asked them to hearken to whatever request of the governor for the Abiriba community in Aba North & South Federal Constituency.
Also, the member representing Ohafia North at the State House of Assembly, Hon. Mandela Obasi, saluted the governor and enjoined his people at Aba to give support to Ngwa people, in whose land they have succeeded in various businesses
The Executive Chairman, Ohafia LGA, Dr. Okoroafor Ukiwe and his Aba South counterpart, Mr. Clinton Ebere expressed joy that the Governor is doing various roads in Aba which is assisting in the businesses and economic growth of the people.
Earlier, the President, Abiriba Communal Improvement Union, Chief Nduka Agwu Onuoha, commended the caterpillar revolution of Gov. Ikpeazu in Aba, which has impacted positively on the businesses of Abiriba people living in Aba.
He said the meeting was held in Aba as Aba is the entry and exit point of Abiriba people hence the choice of Aba for the meeting.
He pleaded with the Governor to complete the ongoing construction of Abiriba ring road as well as drew his attention to the erosion menace along Igbere-Abiriba road.