By ugochukwu Ezenwa
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.
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 throughout the State. These approach and agenda will be fully consolidated in the year 2014.
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
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.
In 2013, we beefed-up our modern Health Care Centre from 250 to 710 in all our political wards in the State, and also commenced the construction of 100-bed hospitals in nine Local Government Areas of the State. We equally commenced the expansion of our modern diagnostic centres in Aba and Umuahia, with dialysis centres and chest clinic.
These are our attempts to ensure adequate health care delivery to all Abians, which will be consolidated
in 2014 when the Abia Teaching Hospital expansion at Amachara is completed. Our goal is to increase free accessibility of health care delivery to children,
pregnant women, senior citizens and the physically challenged persons in 2014.
In 2013, we focused a lot of our social development activities to empowering our unemployed youths and retraining them, so that they can become the real
engines of our economic development in the coming years.
That is why we provided more than 700 Siena brand vehicles and other empowerment tools required by retrained youths, both to give them a
sense of belonging and to take them to the new base of self sustenance. This will be further improved in 2014, to reach many of our youthful citizens, including the creation of more permanent forms of
During 2013, our Government introduced a new electronic tax product system, where revenues accruing to the State are deposited directly into Government Accounts, both to avoid leakages and
double taxation. We have further advanced that project into many other taxable products, and I am happy to inform you that your cooperation brought
tremendous success to the scheme, with a consequent rise in our internally generated revenue (IGR).
I cannot stop commending our citizens for the solid supports you have given to our Administration, your prayers and your sacrifices, so that we all achieve
our dreams of the new face of Abia State ? where stability, security and prosperity of our people are the new basis of our social contract with the citizens, and are now more guaranteed than ever before.
Let us therefore advance towards 2014 with great hopes and expectations, believing that our citizens and our Governments are more ready and willing to make the desired sacrifices and share the cooperation necessary in keeping our State growing stronger and better for all Abians.