Gov. Ikpeazu Pledges Support for Onuigbo's Infrastructural Development Drive
The Abia state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has assured the member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia federal constituency Chief Sam Onuigbo of the partnership of his administration to ensure the realization of the Elemaga/Itunta bridge reconstruction project in Ibere, Ikwuano Local Government Area. The project was embarked upon by the lawmaker to ameliorate the sufferings of his people.
Governor Ikpeazu disclosed this during the official flagging-off ceremony for the reconstruction of the collapsed bridge held in Ibere.
The governor, who was represented by his executive assistant Elder John Nwagborogwu noted that the importance of Ibere and Ikwuano as a cocoa belt, in the actualization of the overall agricultural policy and development of the state and Nigeria cannot be over emphasized.
While stressing the importance of accessible rural road networks especially in the movement and distribution of agro-products, Dr. Ikpeazu lauded Chief Sam Onuigbo for taking it up to execute such a gigantic project for the benefit of the people and urged the people of Ikwuano/Umuahia federal constituency to continue to support their son and leader to do more.
In her remarks, the Chairman, Ikwuano Local Government Area Ezinne Ngozi Orji said their representative Chief Sam Onuigbo had indeed demonstrated that charity begins at home, pointing out that the people are grateful to him for the numerous projects he has executed in Ikwuano, Umuahia North and Umuahia South. She pledged the support of the Ikwuano people to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Senator T.A. Orji and their son Chief Sam Onuigbo.
Also speaking, the PDP Chairmen of Ikwuano, Umuahia North and Umuahia South, Deacon Obioma Igwe, Prince Ben Okezie and Chief Ngozi Okezie respectively, said they are witnesses to the people-oriented projects and programmes Chief Sam Onuigbo which have been executed in their respective areas and enjoined the people to endeavour to obtain their Permanent Voter's Card in order to support PDP candidates to attract more democracy dividends to them.
Earlier in their addresses on behalf of the benefiting communities of Elemaga, Itunta and Obuoru, all in Ibere, Chief J.O. Okpulo, Chief Chidiebere Ibeabuchi, Chief Godday Ndunche and the President General Ibere Clan Chief Uzuegbu Chimezie thanked their son for his giant strides while appealing to him, to look into the state of their electricity, the Elemaga-Itunta-Obuoru-Iberenta-Iyalu ring road, and good pipe-borne water. They further pledged their support to the second term bid of Governor Ikpeazu, Senator T.A. Orji and Chief Sam Onuigbo.
Responding, the member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia federal constituency, Chief Sam Onuigbo said he is disturbed by the serious economic and social problems that the bridge has created for his people since its collapse in 2009 and thanked God for putting him a position to relieve the people of the pains.
Chief Onuigbo said the project is one out of many others which he has been able to facilitate and attract to his constituency and appreciated Governor Ikpeazu and Senator T.A. Orji for their support as well as the traditional rulers, Council Chairmen and people of Ikwuano/ Umuahia federal constituency.
The highlight of the ceremony was the official flag-off of the reconstruction of the bridge and the adoption of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Senator T.A. Orji and Rep. Sam Onuigbo for second term by the people of Ibere clan.