The Oasis Reporters
April 5, 2021
By Sir Don Ubani; KSC, JP
Okwubunka of Asa.
In Christendom, the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is regarded as a veritable symbol of hope and strength for mankind, especially those that acknowledge the supremacy of God and in tune with the above, any understanding or agreement reached on the day of resurrection is taken as divinely-driven and instilled.
Little wonder then that the leader and members of Ukwa La Ngwa Elders’ Council, a Socio-Cultural Association and the Umbrella Body of all Socio-Cultural Organizations in Ukwa La Ngwa of nine Local Government Council Areas in Abia State chose the resurrection day, which marks Easter, to pay a multi-purpose congratulatory visit to their most illustrious son, brother and Governor of Abia State, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, Ph.D, at his Umuobiakwa country-home.
While receiving members of the Council, which was led by a former University don and political strategist, Dr Max Nduaguibe, Governor Ikpeazu emphasized the importance of unity not only amongst the people of Ukwa La Ngwa but also amongst the length and breath of Abia State.
He stated that once a people are united by a common goal, its achievements would not constitute a major obstacle.
The Governor used the opportunity to reiterate his determination to bequeath Abia State developmental legacies that will, for many years, serve as signposts of good governance in the State.
Governor Ikpeazu expressed satisfaction with the supportive role Members of Ukwa La Ngwa have been playing in guaranteeing his Administration succeeds in every department of governance. He also thanked them for their overwhelming support during the March 27th bye-election in Aba-North and Aba-South Federal Constituency. He said both their individual and collective contributions were what gave success to the candidate of PDP in that election, Chief Chimaobi Ebisike.
Earlier in his speech, the Chairman of Ukwa La Ngwa Elders’ Council, Dr Nduaguibe, had informed Governor Ikpeazu that they came to meet with him just to express their delight in his performance index.
According to Dr Nduaguibe, Ukwa La Ngwa Elders’ Council is proud that Governor Ikpeazu has considerably given impetus to development in Abia State and is especially enthused with the Governor’s infrastructural revolution in Aba.
Dr Nduaguibe observed with satisfaction that under Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia State has been very peaceful. He was proud to recollect that since the return of democracy in May 1999 that Dr Ikpeazu has been the only Governor that has consistently peacefully run his Administration side by side the same Deputy Governor he took off with in his first tenure in 2015.
Dr Nduaguibe pleasantly noted that it was Governor Ikpeazu’s infrastructural exploits in Aba that made the electorate in Aba-North/ Aba-South Federal Constituency to vote comparatively overwhelmingly for the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party; Chief Chimaobi Ebisike, in the recently-conducted bye-election.
While rounding off his speech, Dr Nduaguibe dutifully informed the Governor that though Ukwa La Ngwa Elders’ Council is not partisan, it will at all times vigorously pursue essential ingredients of equity, justice and fairness for the people of Ukwa La Ngwa in particular and the State in general.
Also speaking during the visit, the Member representing the good people of Ukwa-East/Ukwa-West Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Chief Uzoma Abonta, expressed appreciation for all the good works Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has done in the State and assured him of his support always. Chief Abonta equally placed emphasis on the pursuit of equity by the people of Ukwa La Ngwa.
In his speech, a former Deputy Governor of the State, Chief Acho Nwakanma, made it clear that Governor Ikpeazu, through his innovations in governance, has given the people of Ukwa La Ngwa a value addition, as long as comparative leadership assessment and credibility are concerned in the State. He, however, urged the Governor not to relent in his developmental agenda.
In their own contributions, the Chairman of Ukwa La Ngwa Traditional Rulers’ Council, His Royal Majesty, Eze Nwabiaraije Eneogwe and the Chairman of Obingwa Traditional Rulers’ Council, His Royal Highness, Eze O J Anaba, thanked Members of Ukwa La Ngwa Elders’ Council for coming together in the overall interest of the people of the area. They, however, cautioned that for the Council to be successful in her goals, misunderstandings and their attendant grievances of the past must be put behind them.
The highlights of the visit were presentation of a Basket of Igbo Native Kola-nuts, eight Alligator Pepper, piece of Special George wrapper, sheathed knife, Buck and Certificate of A Meritorious Patron to the Governor.
The occasion witnessed the presence of many illustrious Sons and Daughters of Ukwa La Ngwa, including the Member representing Ukwa-West State Constituency in Abia State House of Assembly, Mr Goddy Adiele, a former Deputy Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Chief Ngozi Ulunwa, Chairman of Abia State Physical Planning and Infrastructural Development Fund, Comrade Ezebunwa Ubani, Dr Ike Onyenweaku, Elder Godwin Nna, Chief Isaac Ogbonna, Prof Candid Ahuama, St Moses Ogbonna, Mrs Chikodi Nankudu, Chief Gaius Anyanwu, Mrs Rhoda Emeka, Nze Ahuruonye and Dr Sampson Esochaigh.