Charles Ogbonnaya.

The Umuahia North Local Government Area says its current move to end the perennial street trading and indiscriminate loading of  vehicles and tricycles within the Isigate axise were not aimed at dislodging the downtrodden’s means of their livelihood.

The council had today, April 1, began the enforcement of order prohibiting street trading and indiscriminate loading and picking of passengers within the congested Isigate.
Mostly affected areas include Warri Street, Owerri and Umuwaya roads as well as other adjoining streets within the city centre where petty traders and commercial vehicle operators have converted  to  markets stalls and mini parks.

Speaking after inspecting the extent of compliance, the deputy chairman of the council, Hon Eze Okwulehie who personally supervised the execution of the order for traders, commercial tricycle and vehicle operators in the capital city of Umuahia to move out of the roads in transacting their businesses said that the measure were not aimed at taking away food from the tables of petty traders and other sundry pro poor that ply their trades there.

Eze Okwulehie had last week announced the new adjustments directing the traders to move some metres away from the roads while space were created for Keke riders and commercial bus drivers who hitherto had been loading along the Isigate area of the capital city

Hon Okwulehie who spoke to journalists stressed the need to clear up business activities from roads and streets around the city centre as these activities had virtually taken over major roads/streets in the heart of the town thereby causing traffic build up around the area.

According to him, there was need to sanitize the capital city positing that the orderliness at  some South-East states capitals were effected by human beings and assured that the same cleanliness and orderliness in the  Umuahia capital city would be witnessed before long.

Time Calls For Patriotism In God’s-Own State: By Sir Don Ubani

Time Calls For Patriotism In God’s-Own State:
By Sir Don Ubani; KSC, JP,
Okwubunka Of Asa.
27th March, 2019.

From a christian perspective, the greatest and most inspiring book on planet Earth is the Holy Bible. There is hardly any subject of interest in life that the Bible has not already given man insight into.

The Bible, in the Book of Ecclesiastics, implores man to appreciate that there is time for everything. In a very broad context, there is a time to be born and a time to die. There is also a time to plant and a time to harvest.

In contemporary Abia State, this is the time to come together and build, in the overall interest of the masses. It is a time to be altruistic, patriotic and less selfish.

The people of Abia State are, indeed, God’s-own people. While many citizens were brutally maimed or even murdered in many other States of the federation during the last general election in Nigeria, there was no reported case of violence in Abia State. No Abian was brutalized and none was murdered.

The Governor of the State; Elder Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, Ph.D, must be commended for his peaceful approach to governance. He appreciates that power can only come from God and must only be utilized for service to humanity.

To the glory of God Almighty and wisdom of Governor Ikpeazu, general election 2019 has come and gone in Abia State. To bring it to a conclusive end, the Independent National Electoral Commission; INEC, has issued Certificates of Return to Governor Ikpeazu, his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu and twenty-four elected Members of emerging Abia State House of Assembly today, at Umuahia.

By constitutional stipulation, 2019-2023 administration will be inaugurated on May 29, 2019. That day will mark the beginning of the second tenure of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in the State.

Abia State, like many other States in Nigeria, is in dire need of development. Even after getting all the roads in Umuahia and Aba tarred, rural roads that can help farmers transport their produce to urban markets would surely require attention, just like the Governor has already begun.

Development is not limited to road infrastructure. The Enyimba Economic City conceptualized by the Ikpeazu administration requires effective concentration for it to be actualized.

Other critical sectors such as Health, Agriculture, Education, Power, Trade and Investment and Security can only blossom where government is allowed to be properly focused.

At the level where Abia State is now, whoever that has passion for the State, will never contemplate embarking on any action or actions that can create distraction to the government of the day.

Fundamentally-speaking, every citizen has the right to seek for election into a public office. To whoever is patriotic, once the result of the electoral contest is out, personal ambition becomes subsumed in the collective interest of the people.

From two perspectives, any fairly- minded person in Abia State would have known that any person, especially coming from outside Abia-South Senatorial District, that contested against Governor Ikpeazu in the just concluded governorship election was only out to hit his or her head against a brick wall.

The reasons, which explain the two perspectives as mentioned above, are or were quite obvious;  Governor Ikpeazu has been performing well in his first tenure and Abia Charter of Equity was boldly on his side. Except if only God had wanted to decree otherwise, nothing, like it has turned out to be, could have constituted a hindrance to his re-election.

For those who lost in the governorship election in the State, this is a time to know if they love the State or are merely spurred by inordinate personal ambition. Dragging Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to the Courts again could lead to avoidable distractions. It can never be in the overall interest of the State.

Governor Ikpeazu has already magnanimously extended the Olive Branch to all those  that contested the election against him. If those persons have even the least genuine interest in the State, they would jettison negatively-compelling urge to, once again, tow the fruitless path of meaningless though most likely costly distraction.

Okwubunka of Asa.


Ihedioha Asks Financial Institutions To Stop Transacting With Okorocha

The Imo state governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, has warned financial institutions to stop new transactions with the state government, or do so at their own peril.
Ihedioha, who said at a media interaction in Owerri on Thursday, said new transactions would increase chances of illegal activities and jeopardise the financial stability of the state, NAN reports.
He said his duty and responsibility would be to ensure that citizens and residents of the state remained united and work together for the common good of the state.
The governor-elect commended other contestants in the election for their “sportsmanship” and urged them to partner his administration to “restore the dignity of the state”.
Dedicating his success to the “common men”, he commended the people for buying into his vision of realising a dream state and promised to work hard to justify their faith in him.
He also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for their roles in ensuring that the election was credible.
He went on to outline plans to set up a transition committee to liaise with the outgoing government to ensure a smooth transition and chart a way forward for the state.
He also promised to work out programmes, which would engage the youth as a way to end drug abuse and curb vices, starting with the rehabilitation of the four technical colleges in the state.

Newly Elected Members of the 7th Abia State House of Assembly

Newly Elected Members of the 7th Abia State House of Assembly

Aba North (PDP)
Bende South (PDP)
Ikwuano (PDP)
Isiala Ngwa North (PDP)
Isiala Ngwa South (PDP)
Obingwa East (PDP)
Obingwa West (PDP)
Ohafia North (PDP)
Ohafia South (PDP)
Osisioma Ngwa North (PDP)
Osisioma Ngwa South  (PDP)
Ugwunagbo (PDP)
Ukwa East (PDP)
Ukwa West (PDP)
Umuahia Central (PDP)
Umuahia East (PDP)
Umuahia North (PDP)
Umuahia South (PDP)
Umunneochi  (PDP)

Aba Central (APGA)
Aba South (APGA)
Arochukwu (APGA)

Bende North (APC)
Isuikwuato  (APC)

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