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Abia Govt condemns kidnapping, destruction of crops by herdsman, attack on cows

Abia State Government has condemned the destruction of farmlands by cows grazing openly in violation of extant laws of the state and Nigeria.

It also condemned the activities of criminal herdsmen suspected to have masterminded recent brazen kidnap of innocent citizens around Abia North Senatorial Zone of the State.

Consequently, the state governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed security agents in the state to bring to justice all those involved in the criminal activities.

The Government also frowned at the wanton destruction of cows by yet to be identified individuals whose aim is to exacerbate already existing tension.

According to the State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, the Government has fully activated all relevant components of the state security architecture to ensure the safety of lives and property of law abiding citizens, residents and visitors to the state.

He reassured the citizens to go about their legitimate businesses without fear as government is on top of the situation and will spare nothing in protecting Abians.

BREAKING: Abia Gov dissolves cabinet, recalls suspended Chief of Staff

The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has approved the immediate dissolution of the State Executive Council.

All those affected by this dissolution are to handover all government properties in their possession, together with their handover notes, to their respective Permanent Secretaries.

The Governor expresses his deep appreciation to these men and women for their services to the people of Abia State, and wishes them well for the future.

The Governor has also approved the recall from suspension of his Chief of Staff, Dr. ACB Agbazuere. This recall takes immediate effect.

Governor Ikpeazu signs 2021 Appropriation Bill

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has signed the 2021 Appropriation Bill into law.

The Bill which was passed by Abia State House of Assembjy earlier today was presented to the Governor by the Clerk of the House, Sir John Pedro Irokansi in his Aba Lodge where he endorsed the N131,852,752,000.00 (One Hundred and Thirty One Billion, Eight Hundred and Fifty Two Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Two Thousand Naira Only) Budget made up of N69bn for capital expenditure and N62.8bn for recurrent expenditure.

Governor Ikpeazu presented the christened Budget of Local Contents and Sustainable Development to the state House of Assembly on the 7th of December, 2020.

The budget, which is 21.12 per cent higher than last year’s appropriation, comprised N62.6bn recurrent expenditure and N69bn capital expenditure.

Ikpeazu explained that the budget was inspired by the quest to reinvent the Abia spirit of industry and ingenuity and stimulate industrialisation through the establishment of Cottage Industries in the 17 council areas of the state.

It would also help to rejig agencies of government to ensure they become more productive, coordinate effective delivery of services to Abia people, and interpret the vision of delivering multi-sectoral growth across the state.

BREAKING: Abia Governor suspends Chief of Staff

The governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed the immediate suspension from office of the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr ACB Agbazuere.

According to a Press Release signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Barr Chris Ezem, the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Mr Alozie Odoemelam, will perform the duties of the office of Chief of Staff until further notice.

No reason was given on why he was suspended.

Ikpeazu issues staff of office to 29 new traditional rulers

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has presented Staff of Office to twenty nine (29) new Traditional Rulers from across the State with a charge that they should refrain from any act that will be inimical to the growth and interest of their immediate communities, local government areas and the government of the State.

At Michael Okpara Auditorium of Government House, Umuahia, venue of the presentation, the Governor stated that the Ezeship stool represents the fourth tier of government and urged them to serve in their various communities as custodians of the culture and traditions of the people and take responsibility for the security and economic development of their immediate communities.

In his words, “It is your duty to bring to government’s knowledge anything that will improve lives of the people”.

He encouraged them to join forces with government in sensitising the people and ensuring they implement the relevant COVID-19 protocols in order to break the chain of community transmission of the disease in the state.

The State Chief Executive warned against subversive acts that are capable of tarnishing the traditional institutions and create clogs in the State’s wheel of progress . He urged them to ensure complete alignment with the principles, development agenda and policies of the government of the day.

In his speech, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief G. C. Onyendilefu, noted that the event marks the end of a painstaking journey of electing Traditional Rulers in their various communities. He charged them to live in peace and harmony with members of their communities as well as work in tandem with the state government policies.

Chief Onyendilefu implored the newly installed traditional rulers to attract and support developmental projects which align with the aspirations of the people and in line with government vision and programs aimed at ensuring peace and progress of the state. He further stressed the importance of being law abiding leaders while residing within their various communities as it will enable them see to the welfare of their subjects without rancour.

Speaking to newsmen, the Chairman of Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRH Eze Joseph Nwabekee, charged the newly appointed Traditional Rulers to, above all, ensure the presence of peace and tranquility in their various communities while maintaining the customs and traditions of their various communities. He encouraged them to devise means of settling certain community disputes before it escalates to chaotic proportions. According to him, “I urge them to keep to the tenets of this institution and be loyal to the government that has recognized them today”.
He also charged them to organise town union programs and help youths to achieve greater successes in their chosen legitimate areas of engagement as well as be receptive to the feelings of their people.

Eze Nwabekee urged them to shun high handedness and recognise the people in their communities as fellow human beings.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, the Traditional Ruler of Ahiaban’ubi Autonomous Community, HRH Eze Dr. Okezie Amalaha thanked the Governor for the honour bestowed on them to bear their leadership prowess among their various communities. He promised that they will ensure peace reigns in their various communities and will do the needful to support and take government policies even to the grassroots level.

Climax of the event was the presentation of Staff of Office to the twenty-nine (29) newly elected Traditional Rulers in the State.

Abia State Government to Strengthen Partnership with Army over Security

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has expressed government’s preparedness to partner the Nigeria Army in enhancing the security network of the State.

Dr Ikpeazu who stated this while receiving the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigeria Army, Enugu, Major General Lasisi Adegboye and his delegation at Government House, Umuahia, commended the military for not only assisting government in protecting lives and property in the State but also working in synergy with other security agencies to maintain peace.

The Governor represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, called on officers of the Nigeria Army to assist in reducing clashes between farmers and herders in the State to the barest minimum while government continues to engage traditional rulers, presidents general of various town unions and other stakeholders in the State on the need to maintain peace and not take the law into their hands even when the herders continue to wreak havoc on farmlands.

He used the visit to reaffirm government’s commitment to completing the projects situated at the 144 Battallion Barracks at Asa in collaboration with the Nigeria Army and implored them to also assist government in enforcing the wearing of face masks by citizens and adhering to all the required precautionary measures and protocols by NCDC and Government in the fight against the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier in his remarks, the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigeria Army, Enugu, Major General, Lasisi Adegboye, stressed the need for government, the army and traditional rulers at the community levels to embark on more proactive approach to check the rising incident of land disputes and clashes between farmers and herders which had led to unnecessary deaths and destruction of properties.

Major General Adegboye appealed to the state government to assist the military complete the projects initiated at the 144 Battalion Barracks, Asa, as well as provide them with vehicles to ease their logistics challengess and promised to always collaborate with the state government in providing security.

Highlight of the visit was the presentation of souvenirs to the Governor and his representative witnessed by Barr Chris Ezem (Secretary to the State Government), members of the State Executive Council, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor and other top government officials and security personnel.

Ikpeazu Orders Quarantine of Family Who Smuggled COVID-19 Corpse To State

*Tells citizens to stay wherever they are till pandemic is over

Abia State Government has received multiple intelligence and confirmation of certain persons and families of Abia origin currently residing in states with rising cases of COVID-19 planning to bring home corpses of family members suspected to have died from the virus for burial in our communities in total violation of the existing ban on inter-state movement and without notification or approval from relevant authorities in the state.

The most worrisome case is that of a family that recently sneaked into the state during the weekend with the corpse of their father who allegedly died of COVID-19 in Kano and was ferried to a community in Umuahia South LGA where unsuspecting citizens have been going to mourn with them unprotected.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has directed the ministry of homeland security to immediately ensure that everyone in the compound of the affected family is quarantined pending when the medical rapid response team has fully collected and tested samples of all those involved including their visitors/mourners.

For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to restate that whoever enters our state during this period of ban on inter state movement is in breach of state and federal regulations and will have themselves to blame as the law will be applied to the fullest in order to protect the people of Abia State.

All village heads, traditional rulers and community leaders must take responsibility to stop and/or report any person or group of persons that enters their community from outside the state within this period or face necessary sanctions. On no account should any corpse from outside the state be brought into any community for burial or preservation in a mortuary without the written approval of the state or local government concerned. Mortuaries in the state are also not permitted to receive such corpses without obtaining permit from relevant local or state authorities to avoid immediate sanctions including closure of the facility. The morgue operators should also endeavor to report families with such corpses to the relevant authorities.

Furthermore, the Governor has directed the enforcement team of the inter-ministerial committee on COVID-19 to impound all commercial inter-state vehicles operating within this period and quarantine both the drivers and passengers at the nearest general hospital for a minimum period of 21 days.

Finally, we wish to appeal to our people not to see the partial relaxation of the lockdown in the state as an excuse to lower their guards as we will not hesitate to do whatever is needful, including reimposing full lockdown in the state, to protect the majority of our people from being infected with COVID-19.

We strongly advise citizens and residents of the state to remain wherever they are within or outside the state till this pandemic is over.

Thank you.
Chief John Okiyi Kalu
Honorable Commissioner for Information, Abia State

COVID-19: Why Abia must comply with 6pm to 6pm curfew from Sunday – Ikpeazu

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has explained why the state is embarking on a 6pm to 6am curfew in the State from 26/04/2020.

This is to enable expedited contact tracing related to the two index cases as well as ensure enforcement of the subsisting lockdown in the state.

The Governor also warned all local government transition council chairmen to ensure total compliance with the curfew within their respective areas or risk immediate suspension form office. He further directed that enforcement agents should ensure defaulters of the lockdown directive are taken to the mobile courts for prosecution.

Governor Ikpeazu explained that these and other measures have become necessary in the light of the threat posed to the people of the state by the outbreak of COVID-19 and called for understanding from citizens as the government will spare no effort in protecting the people, however daunting it may seem.

His words;

COVID-19: Why Abia must comply with 6pm to 6pm curfew from Sunday – Ikpeazu

COVID-19: Minister Uche Ogah pledges to support Abia Govt

Despite differences in their political parties, the minister of state for Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Uche Ogah has indicated readiness to assist Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu the Abia state governor in the fight against COVID-19.

Ogah was the governorship candidate of APC in the 2019 election in the state while the incumbent governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu was the PDP candidate in the election.

Recall that ABN TV had brought you a report of the donation of fifty percent March salary by Ogah and other FEC members to the federal government in ending COVID-19.

In a statement signed Chijioke Udeoguon behalf of the minister, Ogah made available to ABN TV, called on Abia government to set up a special fund where good-spirited Nigerians can donate towards the fight against the virus.

“In addition to his contribution at the Federal level as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah, OON, FCA, announces his support to the Government of Abia State towards its effort at combating COVID 19 and other related issues arising from the pandemic.

“Dr. Ogah therefore, calls on the Government of Abia to set up a fund where good-spirited Abians, friends and associates alike can make their contributions for a more broad-based response to this pandemic in Abia State” the statement read.

The Minister also called on other Abians to join hands with him in supporting the efforts by the state government through the deployment of resources needed in a time like this in the interest of the people.

“It is his hope that the state government will quickly set up a team to manage this FUND, comprising Abians from different sects.

“Dr. Ogah’s prayers are with the good people of Abia as he expects them to continue to observe all the precautionary measures put in place by the government to enable them to stave off the virus” he added.


Abia State Govt congratulates Zulu Ofoelue as he is conferred with Ezi Nwa Aro Award

The Abia State Government has congratulated the Provost of ATCOI College of Education, Enugu over his conferment with the award, Ezi Nwa Aro Okigbo.

The State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, in a letter, described Ofoelue as a great contributor to the welfare of humanity who deserves the award. He said ‘as a son of Abia, you have made meaningful contributions to humanity, and we are proud of you particularly because this is coming from home’ .

Also speaking at the occasion, the House member representing Arochukwu in the Abia State House of Assembly, Honourable Mike Ukoha said the award is a well-deserved one. He described the awards as a novel institution of Nzuko Arochukwu women that has continually united and uplifted the sons and daughters of the ancient kingdom.

The Ezi Nwa Aro Okigbo Award is one of the daughters, mothers and grad mothers of Arochukwu upon their deserving sons and daughters. It is conferred under the auspices of Nzukọ Arochukwu, Women’s wing.

Comrade Zulu Ofoelue is one of the recipients who got this award in the 2019 category.