Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Thursday, met with Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr. Okechukwu Enelama and Abia State Caucus of the National Assembly, in his avowed bid to ensure that all hands that matter are on deck for the total development of Abia state.
The meeting, according to a statement by Chief Press secretary to the governor, Enyinnaya Appolos held at the Abia State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja.
Focus of the meeting was to push forward the development of Abia.
Speaking at the meeting, Governor Ikpeazu, who identified team spirit and unity as the basic tools for development, said that the interest and development of Abia State is paramount for all Abians, and should be placed above all other considerations, including political affiliations.
The governor, who also used the occasion to host and honour the Trade and Investment Minister, who hails from the state, noted that if Abia leaders, stakeholders and elder statesmen work together, they will leave indelible footprints for posterity.
The governor also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Enelama as Abia state representative in the Federal Executive Council just as he described the minister as a detribalized and well-grounded Abian who will represent the state well.
He added that so far, the minister has ensured that the state did not lose out in what is due to her and charged him not to relent.
The Governor also described the nomination of another Abian, Obinna Emeka Agbugba, as Ambassador designate, as a good omen for the state and expressed hope that he will also be a good ambassador to Abia.
He thanked Abia Senators and members of the House of Representatives for their support to his administration and stressed the need for all hands to be on the deck in order to leave positive legacies for future generations.
In his comment, immediate past governor of the state and the Senator representing Abia Central in the Senate, Senator Theodore Orji, commended Governor Ikpeazu for bringing Abians to join him in the development of the state.
He assured the Governor of the support of those at them at the National Assembly.
Senator Orji also described the appointment of Mr. Enelama as that of “a round peg in a round hole” and urged him to cooperate with the governor, and other Abia leaders including stakeholders, to enable him succeed.
Senator Orji also urged the Minister to see his appointment as a call to service and assist in the area of job creation pointing out that unemployment, hunger and poverty are the basic problems of the people.
Responding, Enelama, who described Gov Ikpeazu as a visionary leader with a listening ear, promised to work with him to accomplish his visions.
Also in their separate remarks, elder statesmen Prof Ihechukwu Maduike and Chief Onyema Ugochukwu charged the minister to avoid mismanagement of government funds and ensure its judicious use while he strives to achieve tangible things for the state.
They enjoined him to always consult other Abians including civil servants, professionals and political leaders, assuring that they will not misguide him.
The speaker Abia state house of Assembly, Chief Martins Azubike, in his remarks thanked the governor for the forum and prayed God to inspire the governor while giving him the wisdom and knowledge to steer the ship of Abia to enviable heights.
Azubuike reminded the minister that Abia is the Japan of Africa hence the need for him to use his portfolio to bring in investors.