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PROF GREGORY IBE MAKES CASE FOR SUSTAINING IKPEAZU’S LEGACIES, OUTLINES PLANS FOR ABIA

Prof Gregory Ibe

The Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu, Professor Gregory Ibe has stated that the act of governance is a continous process, characterised by seamless transfer of projects and policies from one regime to another.

The professor of entrepreneurial science who recently indicated his interest to run for the office of Abia Governor in 2023, made the assertion on Monday during a parley with newsmen.

Prof Ibe who spoke from New York, where he is currently visiting, commended Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state for building on the foundations laid by his predecessors, thereby working towards the realization of the Abia masterplan.

According to Prof Ibe, “I want to specially commend our Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu for his wisdom in building on the foundations laid by his predecessors in office, while working towards realizing the blueprint contained in the Abia masterplan. This is the policy that has now led to the construction of solid paved roads built with cement technology by Governor Ikpeazu, from the old foundation of coal tar roads as was done by his predecessors. By so doing, he has subsequently prepared a good ground for continuity by his successor.”

Correspondents report that Prof. Ibe’s view are in alignment with Governor Ikpeazu’s comments in a recent interview published online and in national dailies, where he reportedly outlined his giant strides in office and subsequently highlighted the foundations he is laying for his successor to build upon, in line with the Abia masterplan.

Ibe, therefore made a case for adoption of the policy of phasal development as a way of encouraging the concept of building society incrementally , thereby ensuring that succeeding regimes sustain the projects and policies of past administrations. According to him, this will guarantee continuity while discouraging constant abandonment of projects.

“I will sustain and take to enviable heights Governor Ikpeazu’s developmental strides in the state,” Prof. Ibe said.

He added, ” The foundations laid by Governor Ikpeazu constitute good building blocks for his successor to accelerate the pace of development, in furtherance of the masterplan designed by the founding fathers of our great state.”

According to Prof. Ibe, ” I am particularly impressed with the great work done by the Governor in the area of changing the narrative of our people towards locally produced goods and services. As a frontline entrepreneur, I will add impetus to the campaign for increased patronage of our home made enterprise as currently being championed by the Governor. Benefitting from his foresight, Aba will surely emerge as the commercial hub of the continent under my watch.”

Elaborating further, Prof Ibe said he will deploy his experience as consultant to the UN and ECOWAS in adding value to Abia, in such critical areas as education, health, agriculture and infrastructure.
He said his policies will ensure adequate healthcare for the elderly, pregnant and lactating mothers, children and the less privileged.

“Our health policy will seek to ensure that everyone has access to quality healthcare. As a US trained HMO, I will innovate and think outside the box to formulate and drive customised sustainable medical schemes that will impact positively on the life expectancy of our people.”

Concluding,he said,” As a scholar in government Dr Ikpeazu has benefitted from his analytical scientific mind in advancing the state, deploying foundations laid by past leaders. I therefore have a strong base to stand upon in the task of raising the roof of development by bringing to the table my pedigree and vast experience in wealth creation, human resource development, emerging trends in the world of technology and reverse engineering.”

Hope and Deliverance is on the way, says Prof Greg Ibe in Easter message

Professor Gregory Ikechukwu Ibe has said that despite the myriad of challenges Nigerians are facing, they should be watchful for hope and deliverance, which he said would surely come.

Ibe stated this in his Press Release to marks the 2021 Easter celebrations.

The statement read:

“This weekend marks the celebration of Easter, a period when Christians world over remember and commemorate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It signifies a reminder of the priceless sacrifice Christ made on the cross to bring hope, salvation and peace to the world.

“Therefore, this year’s Easter is being celebrated in most places of our beloved country Nigeria amid the challenges of banditry, kidnappings, insurgency, Covid-19, economic hardship and political turmoil which had made life difficult for majority of our people.

“Considering these difficulties and challenges brought to us by all these problems, we should continue to keep faith in the Lord. In the book of Psalm chapter 23 verse 4, the psalmist says “Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me: your rod and your staff they comfort me”. There is, therefore, no reason for us to doubt the hand of God to deliver us all from all these myriads of problems and challenges.

“Isaiah chapter 43 verse 2, says we should have hope for surely God will be with us for when we pass through the waters and through the fires. HOPE, DELIVERANCE is on the way, ” He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness and broke away their chain” Psalm 107 Vs 14.

‘May the celebration of the Easter remind us of the power in the blood of Jesus Christ, the blood is very effective in all situations.

‘Therefore in these perilous times, i wish to call on all Abians to shine the light of love and hope to our neighbours. Having received help from above as our heritage from the God of Abia, let us likewise become agents of love by freely distributing the divine benefits of Easter to all and sundry.I am fully persuaded that with God on our side, there is nothing we cannot achieve as a people, for with him all things are possible. So do be an encouragement to someone in this season by speaking faith-laden words of hope, peace and love, thereby making our society a safer and better place to live in.

“May the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ bring good tidings and a better future for us all.

Happy Easter!

Prof Gregory Ikechukwu Ibe,PhD,OFR(Enyi Abia),
Chancellor & Proprietor,
Gregory University, Uturu.

BREAKING: Gregory Ibe’s father, Eze Cyril Ibe joins his ancestors

His Royal Highness Eze Cyril Elesim Ibe, the Okwelube 1 of Amaokwe Achara Autonomous Community

The Cyril Ibe royal family of Amaokwe Achara Uturu has announced the death of His Royal Highness Eze Cyril Elesim Ibe, the Okwelube 1 of Amaokwe Achara Autonomous Community.

The announcement which is contained in a press release issued by the first son of the deceased Prof Gregory Ibe, Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu, and signed by Sleek Ogbonnaya Ogwo, the university’s Deputy Registrar, Media & Public Relations stated that the monarch died at the age of 99 years after a brief illness.

The statement reads in part “On behalf of the Cyril Ibe Royal family, the Okwelube dynasty, the traditional cabinet and entire people of Amaokwe Achara, I regret to announce the death of our patriach, His Royal Highness Eze Cyril Elesim Ibe, Okwelube 1 of Amaokwe Achara Uturu, at the ripe age of 99 years, after a brief illness. Burial arrangements will be communicated in due course after the completion of appropriate religious and traditional rites”.

According to the statement, condolence registers have been opened at strategic places in Uturu, including the palace of the deceased, country home of Prof Gregory Ibe and at the Senate building of Gregory University Uturu,while messages could be sent online to goodbye.ezecyrilibe@gmail.com.

The release concluded by soliciting the prayers and intercessions of the public for peaceful repose of the late monarch.

Champagne-Drinking Governor: Adeyemi Must Apologise -Prof Ibe

The Senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly Chief Smart Adeyemi has been advised to tender an unreserved apology to the Governor and people of Abia state, “for making unsavory statements likely to malign the person and office of Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, while disparaging the enterprising and industrious people of God’s own State”.

Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu, Prof Gregory Ibe gave this charge while reacting to an online news publication that reported a statement credited to Senator Adeyemi, in which he allegedly referred to the Governor of Abia state as a ‘champagne drinking Governor’ and also erroneously asserted that ‘Abia is governed by drunkards’.
According to Prof Ibe,” I have read with utter dismay comments credited to Chief Smart Adeyemi, who while contributing to discussions on the hallowed chambers of Nigeria’s senate, cast aspersions on my Governor Dr Okezie Ikpeazu by labelling him a champagne drinking Governor and added pepper to injury by describing my Abia as a state governed by drunkards.

While taking exceptions to these wild, frivolous and obviously libellous remarks, I think it smacks of nothing but juvenile delinquency by a misguided adult for Senator Adeyemi to attempt to convert Nigeria’s highest legislative chamber into a road side shack where unrelated and uncoordinated old ladies gossip will be accepted as legal tender for yet another plate of peppersoup”.

Speaking further Prof Ibe wondered how a one time national President of Nigeria Union of Journalists could exhibit disorientation, obtuseness, balminess and feeblemindedness in the face of a very serious matter of urgent national importance, enjoining the leadership of the Senate to restore the confidence of the people on the parliament by appropriately reprimanding the erring member.

In his words,”Being a private citizen I do the impetus to hold brief for the government of Abia state, however I am aware of the level of public-private collaboration in God’s own State that has manifested in the soaring fortune of business and enterprise, which recently gave rise to the emergence of our state as the third destination of choice for direct foreign investment in Nigeria. A state governed by drunkards cannot achieve this feat. I am surprised that a man who has been one time national President of Nigeria Union of Journalists before becoming a ranking senator can manifest such high level of disorientation, obtuseness, balminess and feeblemindedness,especially when crucial issues are being debated. Unfortunately, such shameful brazen act of public disgrace lack the capacity to undo the amount of hard work performed by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in particular and other Abia faithfuls in general, which continue to draw the likes of Senator Adeyemi to our Abia born artisans, who have the God-given task of dressing them up in our ‘made in Abia’ senator suits,belts and shoes, like the set he wore on the day of his despicable charade.

Subsequently, while urging the leadership of the Senate to restore our confidence in the quality of debates on the floor of the parliament, I want to call on Chief Smart Adeyemi to save his face by tendering unreserved apology to our Governor and the good people of Abia state, for making those unwise, unguarded and unwarranted comments, in order to douse the high tension currently being generated by the matter”, he concluded.

INTERVIEW: Agitation for Biafra will end when Igbo man becomes president — Prof. Ibe

Prof. Gregory Ibe is the founder of Gregory University Uturu (GUU), Abia State and one of the people eyeing the governorship seat for Abia under the platform of PDP in 2023. In this interview with MADUAKO ELEWEKE, he speaks on EndSARS protests, Abia State charter of equity, Nigeria presidency of Igbo extraction among other things. Excerpts:

What is your take on the state of Nigeria, especially the just concluded EndSARS protest?

EndSARS came like a surprise to everybody and they hash- tagged it,, which switched all over the world and everybody decided to follow the challenge, because it was a challenge.

In the modern time, you must see this kind of thing because of one injustice or perceived injustice along the line. They went for the police to the extent that they took the matter so far and what came out of it was surprising to every right-thinking person.

Yes, there is right for agitations, which the president said was provided for in the Constitution. If I may say, we ran it to a point that hoodlums took over it and we couldn’t meet the aim again. The aim of the agitation was to develop a template to speak to the authorities, but as far I was concerned it was a total confusion because I don’t know if we actually achieved anything apart from the responses the president or the government gave.

If it was coordinated well, it could have led to sitting down with the government and bringing out something reasonable for the system. People bought into it and it became marketplace and what we are left with today is that our critical infrastructures have been reduced to nothing.

Police cannot operate in a vacuum; they need buildings, vehicle to carry out their duties. I think, we have left more vacuum, more dangerous vacuum than we tried to cure.

Every community needs police and security men, and they are not having it now. Police is your friend and now, how can police be your friend under this condition?

I think, there must be a reform system that would reform whole Nigeria. The police code of professional conduct ought to be put in place so that an average person would be watching what the other is doing. What led to American problem was American police sitting on a black man’s neck till he died.

So, I think we continue to reform police until they get where they ought to be. They were not like this some 20- 30 years ago. This is a lesson to Nigeria. Police and government should be reformed totally. I should also call for different forms of police in the country.

Let create railway police, school police and others to reduce the pressure on the main police and their duties should be enshrined in the Constitution.

I will also want the police to be decentralized and give state some level of autonomy. If there are traffic police, they should not do the work of civil police.

In some states, there is complain that police have refused to return to duties. What is your take?

With the vacuum, the state governors will have to create state police, which everybody has been clamouring for over the years. I know that Federal government will not allow that vacuum to be, because it is very dangerous. Two wrongs do not make a right.

So, I appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Police to return to work and function according to the laws that guide their operations. It was the police extrajudicial killing that triggered off the protest.

In some states, Covid-19 palliatives were hoarded, while people were dying of hunger, what does that portend about our leadership?

When Covid-19 started, you could recall that Federal Government shared a lot of seized rice from customs to different states government.

Some state governors complained that the rice was not good for human consumption. Some states still shared them to their people to eat that way and they ate and by God’s grace they survived. I want to look at few scenarios before any other thing.

Those states they found these rice and food items, were those food items part of the Federal government palliatives given to states? Two, when were these food items received? Some states claimed that they just received those items, and they were waiting for another outbreak to share them.

Again, federal government gave each governor N1billion for the Covid-19 pandemic. What did the governors do with the money? The Kogi State governor stated this and I am quoting him. Federal government should ask them to give account of how they spent the money. How many molecular laboratories did we have in each state done by the federal or state government during the Covid-19? Without National Centre for Diseases Control NCNC, I don’t think we would have survive it. We should critically review what the governors did with one billion naira and additional money from the various donor agencies across the country.

N1billion is not a small money. If you have an existing
building, to build a molecular laboratory it will not cost
more than N25 millions and with N100 millions, one will do
about four molecular laboratories in each state and
everybody would have been tested. VTM is between N800 to N1000 for single probe and N1500 to N1800 for double
probe. Tell me why government could not flood the country with all these materials to test every Nigerian?

For me, they made wrong excuses. The foods that were meant for hungry people and you kept them without giving to them. If the epidemic break out again, there is a government and system, there should be another provision.

Why allowing people to suffer hardship when there was provision to soften their challenges? Those states making such excuses and statements should stop that and find another excuse to give.

It was possible because federal government responded quickly and timely by sending N1billion to governors.

Where are all these monies? Federal Government should institute a panel to investigate all these things and find out what happened.

The Israeli government, my company Skill G and my University Gregory University Uturu in Abia state jointly produced materials and donated to Federal Government. We also did palliatives in Abuja, Imo and Abia States and if I have opportunity, I would have done it to the whole country.

Again, during Covid-19, I made sure that people have food on their tables. That is what we called responsiveness when it comes to emergency. I want us to be our brother’s keepers. I am looking at the situation where all the rich men will be their brother’s keepers, not just for their constituencies but to everybody.

Recently, one Nigerian national newspaper Daily Trust honoured you, as Unsung hero. How do you feel?

It was a surprise, that a newspaper could honour me with that. When somebody drew my attention to it, I was looking at the pictures; I could not recognize anybody. I also believed that many people looking at my face may not recognize my face. I appreciated the honour and those who were honoured along with me as well as those who are yet to be identified in the same honour that have done well to human development and bringing succour to people.

My philosophy in life is that, do what is right for the people and for the alleviation of poverty. Support one another, build capacity of other people so that their tomorrow will be better, and they will investigate you and you will live a life of fulfillment.

That was what I feel that has happened and it has been my guiding principle. I appreciated the newspaper, the people that wrote about me. If I still have the opportunity, I will continue to do good for the people for societal good.

Ebonyi State House of Assembly recently gave PDP 7 days ultimatum to zone it’s 2023 presidential ticket to South East or face court action. Again, the Igbo youths are agitating for Biafra, while the elders are calling for Nigeria presidency of Igbo extraction. Which way Ndigbo?

Freedom of expression and politics is guaranteed in the Constitution, but when it is taken too far, one begins to ask questions. A party prompted you up and suddenly you decided to give it warning that if it doesn’t give you presidential ticket the worst would happen.

I think 7 days have elapsed and we are waiting for their worst to happen. As far as I am concerned, the PDP national should disregard the threat and let see how to achieve our dreams of South East producing president of Nigeria. It is surprising that such statement was coming from the South East and with these kinds of utterances our chances of producing president of the country keep getting narrow by the day.

I for one I have been promoting president of Nigeria from South East. I have been on it over the years. I founded a coalition to make sure that the dreams of every Igbo man, that Igbo man become of the country is actualized.

You see our condition is very precarious and somebody who wants to be president is given ultimatum to the party that prompted him up or move to other party. This running from pillar to pole in politics gives me a lot of concern;
it weakens the position of Ndigbo in Nigeria politics.

As it stands today, Ndigbo is ripe, qualified and the right people to produce the president of this country come 2023. Nigerians should give Ndigbo the opportunity as given to others to lead this country.

Nigerians should disregard all the agitations by some group. If the Igbo is made the president of this country, Nigeria will develop faster because their views, thinking and God’s blessings on them. Other tribes have ruled the country and I hope if the opportunity is given us, we shall deliver effectively to the surprise of many.

Are you saying that if the Igbo man is made president of Nigeria, the Biafra agitations will die?

It will. There is nothing to worry about, it will just fizzle away any day Igbo become president of Nigeria. Let me give an example, when the governor of Zamfara state introduced Sharia law and people asked Obasanjo, who is my boss about what he had to say, he said he has nothing to say, rather he will allow market forces to determine the operation.

You know that strength of the governor was dependent on monthly allocation from federal government and the internally generated revenue.
He invested heavily on buses for commercial purpose for women and for men. Under two years, he could not handle the buses carrying women again and the women started joining the men in the same buses. The market forces played it roles, and everything died naturally.

So, the issue of Biafra agitations will fizzle out the day the Igbo man is made the president of Nigeria.

In Abia state where you are aspiring to be Governor under PDP platform, the Ngwa people are still insisting on continuing in power, what is your reaction?

There are a lot of permutations going around, but everybody seems to be playing blind eye on what Abia charter of equity says.

The Abia state charter of equity says at whatever situation, we find ourselves and if the three senatorial have a shot, the I (Isuikwuato) must have it.

This is the guiding document, the elders have said it should be enacted as a law in the state, but those who have tested the power from our district sat down on it because they can manipulate it.

Whatever is of God, is whoever that is going against this, must also know that life doesn’t belong to anybody. Whatever that is in this world comes from God.

Whatever, we are doing we must remember that there were people who made sacrifice for the state. After these people have taken their turn, Isuikwuato must have their turn to lead Abia State.
Why would people want to change the rules of the game at the middle of the game? They should remove selfishness, anything that should bring rancour in the zoning arrangement and let us have a state that is called a state.

APC is making serious in-roads in South East, especially Abia. do you think APC is a threat to PDP in Abia State?

APC is a political party and the more you spend the more visibility you get. Politics is all about creating impression, even when all is not good, you keep telling people that all is well Whether, APC is coming up or not, there are more people in the state that believe in PDP.

Abia is PDP and majority of ndi Abia believe, trust, and have confidence in PDP. PDP will certainly get all votes and supports of Abians any time and any day.

However, that does not mean a downtrodden party cannot come take over the state because at the end, there must be minus and plus. If your government is not doing well, you can lose out from the seat and APC become the bride for the people.

APGA can also become the perfect bride of the state depending on circumstances If the PDP can maintain it’s structure and all the seamless zoning formula that has been working in the state, the way it has been working, then it becomes more formidable and the pride of the state.

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Professor Greg Ibe hails Abia Gov Okezie Ikpeazu over COVID-19 recovery

The Chancellor/Proprietor Gregory University Uturu Prof Gregory Ibe has congratulated the Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu on his recovery from COVID-19.

Prof. Ibe in a letter addressed to governor Ikpeazu, dated July 23, 2020, expressed gratitude to God for His intervention that led to the recovery of the governor.

According to the educationist, the period of the governor’s absence prevented the people of the state opportunity to rally round irrespective of political and religious differences, to intercede and petition God for his miraculous deliverance.

Taking a quote from the Bible, in Psalm 118:5 (I called upon the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and set me in a large place), he said “It is against the backdrop of your recent miraculous healing and subsequent deliverance from the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic that I hereby write to formally felicitate with you, your family and indeed the good people of our dear state, on this immeasurable divine intervention by the God of Abia.

“Though very excruciating, it is however instructive that your season of indisposition presented an irresistible opportunity for Abians to rally together, irrespective of political and religious differences, to intercede and petition God for his miraculous deliverance. Indeed it was a unique case of a people united by adversity and delivered by divinity” the letter read.

Prof. Ibe further prayed to God to perfect the Governor’s healing and strengthen his resolve to take the state to greater heights;

“Therefore, while completely identifying with legions of spontaneous praise and thanksgiving generated by our people to the Almighty, it is my intercession that the good Lord will perfect your healing, preserve you, spirit, soul and body, while strengthening your resolve to recommit yourself to the onerous task of repositioning our state” he added.

PHOTOS: Prof Gregory Ibe Foundation Flags-off Second Phase Of Palliatives Distribution

The Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu Prof Gregory Ibe has once again reaffirmed his commitment to the well being of every Abian.

Speaking through the Vice Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu,Prof Augustine Uwakwe during the flag-off ceremony of the second phase of the Prof Gregory Ibe palliative distribution exercise, the renowned academic don and human capital expert stated that he decided to embark on the humanitarian project because of his immense love for the people and “as a way of providing them succour especially during the COVID-19 era”.

While enjoining Abians to stay safe by taking full responsibility for their lives and religiously adhering to all established precautionary measures, Prof Ibe recalled that the first phase of the exercise involved the donation of COVID-19 Test Kits, digital infra red thermometers, ambulances, decontamination services, hand sanitisers, natural drugs, many bags of rice and multiple cartons of noodles to the State Government, the 17 Local Government Councils, Churches, Motor Transport Unions, Motherless Babies Homes, Clubs and Organisations.

He asserted that the second phase is aimed at consolidating the gains of the premier edition by reaching out directly to the grassroots with many bags of rice, garri, salt, beans and cartons of noodles.

According to him, “the underlining motive behind this exercise is Prof Ibe’s passionate love for Ndi Abia, which continues to drive him to intervene, especially at critical times such as this”.

The flag-off ceremony featured the distribution of many amenities including bags of rice,beans,salt, tubers of yam and cartons of noodles to representatives of Abia NUJ, NIPR, OMPAN and Abia Crusaders from Isuikwuato and Umunneochi LGAs.

While giving a vote of thanks, the Chairman of Nigerian Union of Journalists, Abia State chapter, John Emejor praised the magnanimity of Prof Ibe, stating that he has remained committed to the welfare of Abians in general while manifesting special love for journalists in the state.

Correspondents report that sequel to the formal flag-off of the second phase of the programme, the exercise will subsequently be carried to the remaining 15 Local Government Councils in order to reach less privileged Abians in their respective communities.

DEMOCRACY DAY: I am joyful, I am sad, says Prof Greg Ibe as he  felicitates with Nigerians

Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu, Professor Greg Ibe has urged Nigerians to shun ethnicity, religious bigotry and other vices in the democratic voyage of the nation.

Ibe in a Statement he signed himself and made available to Jungle Journalist Media Limited expressed joy over the steadfastness of the democratic process, but however, expressed sadness that the COVID-19 pandemic took off the colour that would have made the 2020 edition a memorable one.

It read:

“With mixed emotions of joy and sadness, I wish to felicitate with our fellow countrymen as we commemorate this year’s democracy day.

“I am joyful simply because of our steadfastness in steering the rudder of civilian rule so far, slowly but steadily on the shore of democracy from 29th May 1999 till date. We may not have made tremendous socio-economic progress, but it is heartwarming that having set sail and subsequently gathered some momentum on this highly turbulent democratic voyage, we will surely arrive the Promised Land, if we faint not.

“On the other hand, my sadness stems from the unhealthy environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic around what would have been a colourful 21st anniversary of our uninterrupted democratic journey.

“It is therefore against the backdrop of the struggles, sacrifices and martyrdom of the highly celebrated heroes and heroines of our democracy that I urge my fellow countrymen to shun all forms of ethnicity, religious bigotry and other divisive tendencies, while completely recommitting themselves to the task of building a virile and prosperous nation that will be the envy of all.

“Consequently, let us mark this plagued anniversary in soberness of mind, responsibly abiding by all anti COVID 19 protocols, while resolving to ensure the performance of that line in our national anthem that says ‘…the labor of our heroes past shall not be in vain’.

“Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!”, he wrote.

Prof Gregory Ibe salutes Governor Okezie Ikpeazu as he celebrates 5th year in office, Democracy Day 2020

The Chancellor and Founder of foremost South East private institution of higher learning, Gregory University, Professor Gregory Ibe has saluted the Executive Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu for his selfless commitment towards the development of the state in the last five years.

In a message he wrote to the Governor in commemoration of the 2020 edition of Democracy Day, and the Governor’s 5th Year in Office, Ibe expressed satisfaction with the level of development the state has witnessed under Ikpeazu. He also reaffirmed his unflinching support for Ikpeazu, which he had expressed profusely in the wake of COVID-19.

Also describing the governor in the message, which was made available to Jungle Journalist Media Limited, Ibe said Ikpeazu has roundly denied himself the privileges of office in order to make Abia better.

His words “My dear Governor, given our privileged common education sector background, I can only interpret your stellar performance in critical sectors of our state in the light of the popular quote by the founder and pioneer President of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk – “A good teacher is like a candle-it consumes itself to light the way for others”.

“Subsequently, I have been challenged by your reformative policies to complement the apparent productive efforts by offering support through many public private partnerships, including but not limited to such COVID-19 interventions as;

*Donation of 250 sets of COVID-19 Test Kits and 2 units of Digital Infrared Thermometers
Donation of 850 bags of 50 kg rice for distribution as palliatives to Abians;

*The release and deployment of 2 ambulances to the state Inter Ministerial committee on COVID-19 to assist in conveying samples to test centres for diagnosis;

*The deployment of 8-man fumigation team to assist in decontaminating public places in Umuahia and Aba;

*The production and donation of 1000 bottles of potent hand sanitizers and 300 bottles of GUU special Sniff-Sniff inhaler for distribution to Abians;

*Direct distribution of additional 500 bags of 50 kg rice and 4000 cartons of noodles to the 17 Local Government Councils and some selected groups in the state.

Let me therefore thank you copiously for your pragmatic leadership in these past five years, which has subsequently provided a sure and solid foundation for the emergence of a truly great Abia state of our collective dream”, the professor stated.

RAMADAN: Greg Ibe felicitates with Muslims, calls for a reflection on God’s blessings

Professor Gregory Ibe has congratulated Muslim faithfuls in Abia State and Nigeria as they celebrate the 2020 Eid-Al-Fitr.

Ibe, who is the Chancellor of the foremost private higher institution in South East Nigeria, Gregory University Uturu Abia State, urged Muslims to uphold the tenets of Islam, in a Press Statement he signed and made available to Jungle Journalist Media Limited.

Professor Ibe said that the 2020 edition of Ramadan has offered everyone the opportunity to duly reflect on the blessings of God in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Statement is hereby reproduced in full:

HAPPY EID-AL-FITR

In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, that time of the year is now upon us when we must engage in the festival of breaking the fast. Indeed, this year’s Ramadan has offered us all the opportunity to duly reflect on the blessings of God even in this trying period the world has found itself due to the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The world as we know it has changed and of course due to no fault of ours. Even so, my brothers and sisters, we must continue to make supplications to God for His abundant blessings upon us all while looking out for each other and ensuring we maintain unity and peaceful coexistence. As we celebrate this year’s Eid-al-Fitr, we must maintain caution and sustain our practice of all health protocols in mitigating the adverse effects of the global pandemic.

I enjoin all Muslim Ummah here in Abia State and in our country Nigeria to continuously uphold the tenets of Islam (Peace) even as we carry on with our lives within the allowed dictates of our leaders. May Allah (SWT) always guide you as you journey through life and may you have the courage to work to achieve peace and progress here in Abia State and our nation, Nigeria.

It is my hope and my truest desire that you enjoy every moment of the sallah celebrations even as we beseech God to accept our fasts and prayers. Furthermore, may the blessings of Allah (SWT) create more happiness and enlightenment while leading you to the path of peace and success.

Ramadan Kareem to all Muslim Faithful, here In Abia State and around our country, Nigeria and may the blessings of Allah (SWT) remain with you as we celebrate the Eid-Al-Fitri and beyond.
Eid-Mubarak!

PROF GREGORY IKECHUKWU IBE, Ph.D, OFR, (Enyi Abia),

Chancellor/Proprietor