LP chieftain, Uche lauds Abia founding fathers, says Otti-led administration rekindled citizen’s hope for a New State
By Chijindu Emeruwa
A stalwart of the labour party from the southeast, Mazi Emma Uche, has hailed founding fathers of Abia state for their great roles played in ensuring the birth of the state, peopled by industrious men and women who have distinguished themselves in different spheres of human endeavors.
He regretted that past successive administrations which were opportune to preside the affairs of the state disappointed the Abia founding fathers as they failed to demonstrate capacity and ability towards addressing myriads of challenges impeding the socio-economic and infrastructural growths of the state.
Mr. Uche who stated this at the weekend in Umuahia, on the heels of the recent commemoration of the 32nd anniversary of the creation of Abia, which took place on Monday in Umuahia, the state capital.
Recall Abia was created in August 27, 1991 by the then military government headed by Major General Ibrahim Badamosi Babaginda, (Rtd).
Abia otherwise known as ‘God’s Own State’ was curved out from old imo state by the Babaginda-led military rule in Nigeria.
Earlier, Mr Uche insisted the past leaders who were entrusted with people’s mandate to lead failed to raise the bar of governance by ensuring the needed democratic dividends are brought to every doorsteps of people of the state, irrespective of ethno-religious and political leanings.
He noted that thirty-two years after Abia’s creation, the state is yet to attain her desired economic greatness and infrastructural growths tilted to improving general welfare of the citizens of Abia state.
The party chieftain applauded the ongoing efforts of the present Abia government on its genuine commitment and determination in ensuring every stratas of the state is given an infrastructural facelifts for inflow of foreign and local business investment to thrive.
Uche stated: The new government in Abia must be lauded for hitting the ground running in the implementation of its visionary developmental agendas and policy thrusts to enhance human empowerment and engender infrastructural development in all local government council areas in Abia state for good of every Abia citizens including unborn generation.
“You can agree with me Abia people were wallowing in economic hardship and starvation deliberately foisted on them by past successive administrations with their draconian policies which had no direct positive impacts in the lives of Abia populaces. Its remains an undeniable fact, the then governments lost focus and failed to come up with well defined templates for development of Abia, rather, they developed dubious penchants, and also resorted into mismanagement and stashing of Abia common resources, enriching close family members, aides and associates at the detriment of people of Abia”.
“The current government led Governor Otti has rekindled hopes of Abians for a new Abia, where every Abia citizens and residents will access and enjoy critical government’s developmental amenities and social Infrastructural projects in their various domains devoid of political gains and marginalization. And i must also attest to you that Abia will gained its rightful place and status as full fledged state under the present Otti-led administration in the state”.
Uche further called on all well-meaning citizens from the state within and outside the shores of Nigeria to think home and support government’s efforts in developing critical infrastructure so as to make lives easier for the people.p