MasterwebNews 1/2/16 - Governor Ikpeazu and the New Abia Transformation

[ Masterweb Reports: Onyema Ibeh reports ] - The speed with which the seven metropolitan roads and sundry projects were delivered signposted the governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, as a governor that was truly ready to work for his state. This uncommon virtue of service delivery among Nigerian political leaders and public servants was, indeed, acknowledged beyond the shores of Abia.


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is known to be a virulent critic of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, put aside his disdain for the party that produced Ikpeazu and visited Abia in honour of the man he glowingly described as a visionary performer. Obasanjo commissioned some of the early development projects executed by the Ikpeazu administration.


The new road network in and around Aba is today visible as evidence of the transformed trading centre, which had been known to attract daily a large number of traders and businessmen from across Nigeria and neighbouring West African countries. For so many years, Aba has served as a feeder point to traders from huge commercial centres like Lagos, Onitsha, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Kano, Kaduna and several other places in the north of the republic.


The potential of a new Aba to boost the economy of Abia state has always been there. Today, an average Abia indigene who cherishes good service delivery is proud of the Ikpeazu phenomenon. Ikpeazu has impacted Abia in developing strong institutional framework that are helping to stabilise governance structures of the state, in spite of the challenges posed by dwindling revenue allocation from the federal, and the distractions of the legal offensive from the opposition APGA in the state.


The innovative approach of the Ikpeazu government tripled the state's internally generated revenue within the short period of his administration from paltry N500million monthly to an impressive N1.5billion. This was achieved by simply harnessing the loose and leaking ends of the revenue flow without overburdening the ordinary people of the state.


On a visit to any part of Abia, one could easily feel the progression of sustained development projects in several facets of the government. Another critical innovation was Ikpeazu's ideas of creating a synergy between education, employment and youth empowerment as a fulcrum for developing a safe and secured society. The perk for achieving that, as developed by Ikpeazu, is the establishment of a scheme that he called "E for E".


*Photo Caption - Governor Okezie Ikpeazu

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