Driving Our Commitments In 2014

Source: pointblanknews.com

Like other years, 2013 has inevitably emptied into the stockpiles of

history. For some, it willalways evoke a feeling of accomplishment while

for others; it is stacked with sad andunfortunate memories they may not

wish recall. The realty of life is that God has designed it to function as

“different strokes for different folks” Let me reiterate my felicitations

to ourholidaymakers, majority of who have since returned to base. I have

never hidden my excitement for the commemorative yuletide season, given

the occasion it freely provides for us to exchange banters and

pleasantries with our kits and kin living within and in the Diaspora, who

during such season retire to their ancestral roots to participate and

consummate the flurry of joy associated with the season.

The yuletide as recently and globally consummated, also helps to

facilitate and illuminate the unquantifiable affection of God for mankind,

which compassionately gave rise to the royal birth of his son for the

salvation of our strayed souls.
God intended that His affection and compassion should be contagious, so we

could have a global environment harmoniously ruled by love, unity and

Each time we lose sight of these essentialities; we are confined to a

reckless race for self-satisfaction and other unwholesome indulgencies.

But more importantly, the outstanding effect of our saviour's deep-seated

love and compassion had often resonated in the administration of our

Consequently, the current breath of fresh air in Abia State is a healthy

fallout of the clannish sense of belonging carefully and thoughtfully

instituted amongst our people. Life and the aggregation of what it

portends, has taught us that we can only be remembered by the legacies we

leave behind and the gloomy faces we were able to brighten up.

The beginning of another year has made it essentially needful to

re-emphasize our avowal in driving our commitment for the continuous good

of Abians and humanity in general. The first critical importance of

triumphing over political alienation & disenchantment hitherto prevalent

in the State ushered the veritable platform for the flourishing of other

blue- prints. The Abia project is a participatory endeavour where

strategic ideas necessary for the stimulation of our socio-economic growth

have been lavishly encouraged.
The atmosphere of peace and tranquility prevalent in Abia has enabled

Government not to renege in maintaining the tempo of development as

typified by the scores of activities taking place in the infrastructural

drive of the state.
My personal and emotive debt of gratitude is through this medium gladly

conveyed to all dear brothers and sisters who during the holidays ventured

on a tourist appreciation of the practical indications of our loyal

stewardship located here and there. Not a few of them graciously got back

to us, acknowledging and identifying with the remarkable difference in the

face of Abia proudly championed by the structural revolution going on in

Umuahia and other geo-political entities of the State.

The Ubani Market movement was not wishful thinking given what has become

of the old Umuahia Market. Having completed the evacuation of the old

market site, Government will make provision for the construction of state

of the art recreation garden to enhance the aesthetic beauty of Umuahia

the State Capital.
The new Market Complex, which presently boasts of over 10,000 shops and

still counting, is carefully and futuristically located in a very

conducive environment, hugely spacious enough to accommodate over 2000

cars and modern parks for conveyance of goods and services.

Contrary to what obtained at the old market site, the new Market Complex

is equipped with a functional Fire Service Station capable of rising to

any occasion. The security radar, tightly securing the state has been

extended to the market, through the presence of modern Police Station to

adequately deal with all security matters arising from the market. New and

old roads, leading to the market are being constructed and expanded.

The foreseeable long run effect will lead to increase in access roads in

the Capital territory. The inevitable relocation of Umuahia Market to

Ubani neighborhood yielded the expected result of decongesting the

hitherto clustered and chaotic Isi-gate and Okpara Square. Government will

hopefully replicate same in Aba through the on-going construction of Aba

Mega-Shopping Mallsbeing powered in synergy with private investors.

Government is not unmindful of the glaring reality that Ariaria

International Market cannot be stretched beyond its present limit hence

the vitality of expansion and modernity. Our health care sector which was

at its lowest before the advent of our divine administration has been

re-engineered to produce eye wondering and ear tingling milestones. To us

the Specialist Hospital situated in Umuahia and Aba and recently equipped

with sophisticated dialysis facilities is no longer news. What has become

the new craze is the on-going and ambitious 100 bed Specialist Hospitals

located in nine Local Government Areas of the State and due to be

celebrated soonest, and the current installation of a modern eye center to

take care of all eye ailments.
Our commitment in 2014 will be driven to establish new grounds and

inaugurate projects which foundations were flagged off few seasons ago.

This will include the prestigious InternationalConference Center built to

accommodate over 5,000 guests in one seating and for which tastefully

furnished hotels sprouting here and there are waiting in the wings to

partake in itsexhilarating flurry of local and international activities.

Also, to be inaugurated, will include the (ICT) compliant e-library well

located for enhancement of learning. The gigantic and imposing twin

workers secretariat also to be inaugurated will undoubtedly free us from

the nightmare and unacceptable lay back of operating from old and

antiquated classroom blocks and engender the requisite motivation critical

for effective work delivery in our civil service system.

The classical new government house will be delivered to the good people of

Abia state and deservedly free our state from the retrogressive past of

operating from a rented apartment.
The prestigious High court complex in Umuahia and Aba, which has become a

tourist attraction of some sort, will also be delivered to the good people

of Abia State in 2014.
Every opportunity to interact with our people, calls to mind our

commitment to uphold the virtues of equity, justice and fair play, which

our founding fathers bequeathed the state and we shall not renege in

flying that flag.
T. A. Orji. Governor of Abia State wrote in from Umuahia