BreakingNews 2/1/13 - New Year Message To Abians By Governor T. A. Orji

[ Masterweb Reports ] - My good people of Abia State,  I have the pleasure to usher-in the year 2014 and to wish all Abians ‘a very happy and prosperous new year. The year 2014 is our year of hope and great expectations, when our legacy projects and the solid foundations we have laid for the sustainable development of the socio-economic and political transformation of Abia State, will be fully consolidated for the interests of our people.
As we have progressed in the journey towards a new face of Abia State, I have had occasions to look back to the past where we began, not just further down the line, but up to 2013 and through to the first half of our second term in office. I must say without equivocation, that I feel confident and emboldened to say we have not only acted boldly and prudently in many issues, but we have made a tremendous difference in Abia State.          
 Today, no one can deny that we have made indelible impacts in the lives of our citizens in all sectors, and I am certain that we have brought Abia State to the right path, and the right note of an irreversible development.
As we match proudly into the year 2014, with great hopes and expectations, we are also moving towards the end of our second term in office. The commencement of the electoral process for installing new leaderships in our State and in our Nation, will also begin this year, and I expect our citizens to participate actively in all stages of the process so as to reap the benefits that accrue from there.
Through all the unfolding landmarks in our State and in our Nation, I have good reasons to believe that nothing will ever be the same in Abia State, as our people and our State continue our upwards movement, defying all odds to surge ahead as one of the safest and most secured States in the Nation, and also as one of the fastest growing economies of our Nation.    
No one and no leader of the future will make the mistake to return this State to the dark days of strife, impunity and ad-hoc process, and in a private estate of the few, for the few, and by the few. I expect the year 2014 and beyond to yield greater achievements and value expectations for this State!
A few years ago when we arrived at the governance of this State, we were confronted with many negative indices. These include, but not limited to general insecurity in the State, especially kidnapping; poor infrastructures at all levels, poor governance and administrative culture of impunity, low level of economic development and flight of investment capitals, neglect of the government/public sector institutions, growing unemployment and a demoralized un-empowered youths.
The year 2013, saw our Government establishing firm grips on all our past negative indices, and now making appreciative gains and landmark improvements, especially through the prudent selection and implementation of our legacy projects through-out the State. These approach and agenda will be fully consolidated in the year 2014.
It is very gratifying to note that we have achieved our first bench-mark of governance of Abia State, through the provision of a reliable and fast improving security system for our environment. We have developed our key infrastructures – road networks, and other public institutions throughout the State, and we have deepened the democratic process in our State.
We have greater expectations that these trends will accelerate in the year 2014. This will be our year of greater expectations and consolidation of our promises of good living and economic prosperity to be readily brought to the doors of our citizens, just as many of our laudable legacy projects will also begin to bear fruits.
The year 2014 will be the year for the consolidation of the politics of our State into the mainstream of Nigeria’s politics. Our well articulated programmes and the key roles we play within our great Party the PDP, helped us in 2013 to restore Abia State to its pride of place as a truly first State of the Nigerian Nation, and indeed as God’s Own State.     
We will advance these further in 2014 and beyond - as the Federal Government of Nigeria commences and completes the Enugu-Port-Harcourt dual carriage way, which is now on-going, including many other Federal projects in the State, especially in the agricultural transformation agenda of the Federal Government. I therefore expect nothing less than the total commitments of our people in support of the PDP.
In the year 2013, our State also advanced our democratic agenda and expanded the frontiers of participatory democracy in Abia State, making it more inclusive, more tolerant and open to everyone that shows the skill, without bondage to godfathers. This particularly helped us in strengthening the security of our State as people-centered, but more especially it created the serene environment for business growth and investment that now exist everywhere. 
2014 will further consolidate all these, as Abia State becomes the first port of call for many investors that have now shown interests in our conducive environment.
Some of the new investments that will begin to bear fruits in Abia State in 2014, include our many private-public partnerships with Acroidation International Ltd to develop a new Abia International Industrial City (ABIIC) within a 300 hectare landmass at Osisioma near Aba. When the first phase is completed in 2014, it will provide a relief for the congested markets in Aba Main City, as well as provide an industrial cluster with modern machineries for creative manufacturing in Aba.
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