The Abia state Governor Okezie Ikpeazu addressed a lot of challenges and visions for the state of Abia to move the state in several sectors through his administration forward.
A Day Info noted during an interview with the Governor which he was polite to explain he said “throughout this years we have spent a lot of time developing strategies, and evolving them to help deliver our mandates and some of these strategies are not classical pieces of information or the regular method of economics we had to do some homegrown devices and strategies to suit our peculiar circumstances in Abia state. That is why we decided to chose the best way we can deliver on our vision to create a better life for our people which will make Abia a destination for trade and commerce as well as an environment and ecosystem for small and medium scale enterprises”.
“My administration must admit that the local government owes one and a half month salary. And i was the first elected governor after 2015 that did local government election, and I’m sure in the next one or two they will clear it, and that would be it. I must also confess that I have a problem with secondary school teachers because I owe them about three (3) months or more which has summon as our major problem.
“I will also say that Abia has come first in WAEC back to back for the past 4 years or so. At first they said it was a mistake, the second time they said it was a coincidence but the fourth, I think they have come to admit that there is something deliberate that is happening here and what is that?
We noticed that there was problem with our teachers and we didn’t need anybody to tell us that a teacher cannot offer what he doesn’t have; so the product must be equivalent for the capacity of the teacher to deliver.
We decide to expose some of our primary school teachers to a retraining programme, a deliberate and painstaking retraining programme using Australia NGO to get what we wanted to achieve. As I speak over 3,000 teachers, have gone through that programme and it has culminated into the establishment of Abia Teacher Training Continuing Education Centre at Umuahia. About 40 of our teachers are at the verge of going to Australia for an exchange programme
Enyimba is a brand, and it is the only club in Nigeria that has won CAF cup back to back. When we came, we discovered that we didn’t have a stadium that will match the pedigree and the popularity of Enyimba. Meanwhile, Abia is the only state in Nigeria that has two premiership clubs; Enyimba and Abia Warriors; the last time I watched soccer there before I became governor, I noticed somethings that is not balanced no toilet and as big as the stadium was so many things weren’t in place so we had to import the latest turf in the market, semi-synthetic, 95% natural, 5% synthetic and that pitch is one of the biggest in the world today, and we put 32 toilets including the one for people that are physically challenged.