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The Governor of Abia state, Alex Otti has assured that his administration is determined to drive development across all the sectors of the state’s economy.
Otti, who was speaking at an interactive meeting held at the Banquet hall, Government House Umuahia, the state capital, with enlarged Abians in diaspora assured that the present administration would be committed to the overall development of the state.
Otti asserted that his government would be leveraging technology to drive development in the state.
The governor, represented by his Chief of Staff, Pastor Caleb Ajagba, revealed that his administration upon assumption of office, declared a state of emergency on critical sectors including health, education, security, infrastructure and waste management.
He expressed joy that today Abia has become a reference point in the area of excellence. “Having been around for seven months the records, the facts, the data are all available for everyone to see.
“Today, Abia state is no longer seen as that God forsaken State but Abia State has become a reference point in the area of excellence.”
Otti, while announcing the recent ranking of the state as the third in attracting foreign direct investment after the FCT and Lagos state respectively, informed the audience that now was the best time to invest in the state.
“The report that just emerged this week shows that Abia State was ranked number three in terms of attracting foreign direct investment, coming third only after FCT and Lagos state.
“And you should now know that within seven months glorious things have already being spoken concerning Abia, because God is set to do a new thing in Abia.”
He said the government was doing everything within its powers to make the state a safe haven and conducive for investors.
He further appreciated the Diasporans for responding to the meeting even at a short notice, describing it as an indication of their passion and love for the State as well as what God is using him to do across the Abia.
In their remarks, the Commissioner for Works, Mr Otumchere Oti, Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eme Uche, Commissioner, Health, Dr. Ngozi Okoronkwo, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Blessing Felix and their Digital Economy and SME counterpart, Dr Mathew Ekwuruibe while presenting their sectoral reports, said that the present administration has come to change the negative narratives and assured Abians of more socio economic developments that will have direct impact on the citizens.
In their various contributions, some of the Abians in diaspora including, Chief Martins Iroegbu, Mr Murphy Emelike, Chief Lady Tender Ikechukwu, Prince Pascal Atuma among others, commended Governor Otti for his achievements so far and for coming up with the idea of interacting with Abians in diaspora.
This is just as they assured Governor Otti of their willingness to partner with the Abia State government in various sectors of the economy, including capacity building, healthcare and sports development.