‘ Umuahia doesn’t yet look like state capital’, Anagha Ezeikpe laments
* Abia needs to seek God’s face for forgiveness – Ohuabunwa
By Steve Oko
Elder statesman and one of the surviving founding fathers of Abia State, Ezeogo Anagha Ezeikpe, has lamented that 29 years after the creation of Abia State, Umuahia the state capital does not yet wear the look of a state capital.
The Chairman of the Abia State Advisory Council who made the lamentation during a live radio programme on FLO -FM, monitored by The AUTHORITY in Umuahia, said Abia still had acute infrastructural deficit.
The nonegarian was asked to give his appraisal of the state vis-a-vis infrastructural development, when he regretted that what was on ground was still a far cry from the vision and expectations of the founding fathers of the state.
According to the elder statesman, the level of infrastructural development currently on ground in the state especially Umuahia the capital is not benefiting given the age of the state.
” I don’t hide my feelings. We haven’t done well; Umuahia doesn’t look like a state capital”, Ezeikpe said unequivocally.
In his contribution also , an entrepreneur, Professor Greg Ibe, concored that Abia was still bedeviled with huge infrastructural development.
” We can’t keep following the old pattern, we need to reform the old pattern of doing things to enable us meet up with our defficiencies. “
In his contribution, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa who represented Abia North in the 8th Senate, also noted that Abia was not yet where it was supposed to be.
The former Speaker, ECOWAS Parliament who said he had privately spoken with the Governor, averred that time had come for Abians to return to God and seek divine mercy.
Ohuabunwa commended Ikpeazu for his efforts to rebuild Aba, noting that if Aba is fixed, Abia is fixed, but said that Abia generally was still lagging behind.
He regretted that Abia which took off on a godly foundation derailed from the right path when a former governor of the state led it into idolatry.
Ohuabunwa said that ever since then, things had taken the wrong direction, lamenting that the state is yet to come out of the evil influence of idolatry.
He said that Abia urgently needed to return to God in total repentance for God to look favourably on the state again for things to move on well as witnessesd in other states.
Ohuabunwa urged Abians not to lose hope on the state but to be inspired by the “can do” spirit of Abia, expressing optimism that the state would one day attain the lofty height of the dream of the founding fathers.
Some other guests on the programme agreed that although successive administrations in the state had made some efforts towards developing the state, there was much work still to be done to bring Abia to the expectated height.
Responding to a question on why the current administration “seems to delay in completing projects it initiated like the Aba flyover”, Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Chris Ezem, said no government would deliberately like to crawl over projects except for circumstances beyond its control.
The SSG who noted that the outbreak of the covid -19 pandemic had adversely impacted on the revenue of states, said Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu was determined to deliver on all his projects.
He said that despite the state’s precarious economic condition, the governor, had during the covid -19 lockdown, mobilised contractors handling road projects in the state to return to site.
Ezem who said the Ikpeazu -led government was making spirited efforts to leave the state better than it met it, hinted that the governor had resolved to deliver the Aba flyover before the end of 2020.Steve Oko, Publisher/C.E.O, WaWa News Global. For more information on advert placement and news coverage, contact us on: 08038725600, or via email email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Always read WaWa News Global - Your most dependable online news platform for the latest breaking news in Nigeria.