An aide to the Abia State Governor, Mr. Godwin Adindu, says Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has made significant progress in achieving his administration’s central objective of creating the best possible environment for productivity in the state. Adindu stated this last week in Lagos during a briefing to highlight the achievements of the Ikpeazu government in the last one year.
Adindu said Ikpeazu had placed a high premium on provision of infrastructure and empowerment of the people to achieve their full potential, stressing that 66 roads are being constructed by the government across the state, while 27 have been completed and unveiled. He said development of Aba, which is the commercial nerve centre of the state, was central to the government’s economic policy, “Aba captures the heart of Abia and, indeed, Igboland.”
Adindu said the state government was establishing partnerships and training programmes aimed at streamlining the industry and ingenuity of the people of the state to meet international standard. To this end, he said, some youths were recently sent to Turkey for training to hone their skills in clothing manufacturing.
On commerce, a major economic activity in the state, Adindu said the government was reviewing all the markets in the state, especially in Umuahia, the state capital, and Aba, with the aim of modernising them.
Adindu said the administration considered agriculture as particularly important. To underscore this, the government has made it compulsory for every commissioner and principal officer in the state to own a far, he said. He disclosed that the government was working with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) to develop a specimen of cassava that can be turned into cereals.
He said the government was partnering private investors to revive some key companies, like Golden Guinea Breweries and the International Glass Industries in Aba.