The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Kano state chapter appeals to Abia state indigenes to rally support for the executive governor, Chief T.A. Orji (Ochendo) whose desire to put the God’s Own State in the front pew of socio-economic development has remained unequaled. Ohanaeze Ndigbo recalls that before the inception of Chief T.A. Orji’s administration, socio-infrastructural development was in its lowest ebb, with successive governments making bogus plans that were never materialized.
At a point, Abia state became a no-go-area due to the menace of criminals and bandits who almost held the state to a standstill. It, however, took the courage and valour of a leader like Dr. T.A. Orji who tackled the problem of insecurity in the state headlong without minding whose ox was gored.
Today, Abia is known as one of the peaceful states in the country, at a time, when insecurity arising from the menace of terrorism, kidnapping are the bane in most states across the country; and has received a number of awards and accolades in this regard. It is a thing of joy to observe that in Abia state, particularly, within the state capital, one can move around freely, even in the midnight, without fear of molestation. Our investigation, indicates that all security agency within the state, particularly, the police, are well mobilized, supported and equipped by the state government to protect lives and property of all citizenry, irrespective of tribe and religion.
The excellent road network in the major cities in Abia is an indication that the T.A. Orji administration is all out to bring about rapid development in the state. We also use this opportunity to appeal to residents of Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia state to cooperate with the governor in his bid to ensure that the ancient city will have a face-lift in terms of road construction and infrastructural development.
Rome, they said, was not built in a day. For any society to experience tangible development, the government and the governed must be on the same tempo. In this vein, Ohanaeze appeals to traders at Mgbuka(Motor Spare Parts) market etc to see reasons and cooperate with the state government in its drive to ensure economic liberations for Abians. It can never be the wish of any responsible government to dampen the hopes and aspirations of its citizens; but for the society to develop there must be sacrifice for a better tomorrow. The state government, as we learnt, has already concluded plans for the relocation of the Mgbuka(Motor Spare Parts) traders etc to a more decent places; and Ohanaeze appeals to them to show a high sense of responsibility and move in tandem with the government’s plan to sanitize the city and make it look like other major cities across the globe.
From our observation, we believe that Abia state has not had it so good before now; and it takes the zeal of a dedicated and focused leader like Dr. T.A. Orji to have taken Abia to such a covetous height. Today, Abia state is not only known as God’s Own State, but as an investor’s haven. With the level of security in the state so far, investors all over the world should be rest assured of the security of their lives and businesses. This has also enhanced the level of human development in the state as economic activities have returned in full bloom, particular in Abia known as the Japan of Africa.
No wonder, His Excellency, Governor T.A. Orji have called on Igbo traders and business men to come down to Abia state and invest, just as he is providing free land for them to build business plazas, shopping malls and stalls. Already, the Governor has allocated land for motor dealers in Lagos to come back home and invest.
In the same vein, he is calling on the displaced drug dealers in Kano at Sabon-gari market to come to Abia state as he has promised to build a world-class drug market for them in the state. Such gesture indicates that Ochendo is a true Igbo son who is deeply concerned over the plight of his own people; and such a true son of the soil deserve the support and encouragement of all men of good conscience. In this light, Ohanaeze urges Abians to pray and support the people’s governor so as to continue to enjoy good governance and meaningful development.
Hon. Chief Tobias Michael Idika,
President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo,Kano State Chapter.
President General, Leaders of Ethnic Communities Residents in Kano State
OHANAEZE NDIGBO,KANO STATE CHAPTER.
No 2 NEW Road, Sabon- Gari, Kano, Nigeria.