Thursday, February 3, 2022

Abia women passes vote of confidence in Buhari, Ogah over development, urges Minister to join Gubernatorial race

By Elvis Ogbonnaya, Aba 

A socio-cultural women groups, drawn from the seventeen Local government area of Abia State, under the auspieces of Abia Women For Good Governance (AWGG), and World Igbo Women for Equality (WIWE), Abia Chapter,  have passed a vote of confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Dr Uche Sampson Ogah for redefining governance in Nigeria  through policy formulations and implementations that have fostered unprecedented improvement in the economic and Infrastructural development in all facets of the country.

The organizations attested that the President Buhari have raised the bar youths, men and women empowerment and development through his administration's Social Investments Programmes in the country where millions of Nigerian citizenry have sufficiently been engaged to becoming  self-reliant, dependent and employers of labour.

The Abia women groups also attested that the current federal government led by the President has recorded strides in rewriting the Infrastructural deficits in the southeast geopolitical zone, and further pointed out the reconstruction of federal road in southeast and that of the roads connecting the southeast to northern and western, and as well as reconstruction and dredging of the second Niger which past successive administrations were unable to fix.

The groups made their positions known in a communique made available to newsmen in Aba, at the end of her enlarged meeting held at Aba Sport Club.

It was jointly signed by the chairpersons of AWGG and WIWE Abia chapter, Lady Catherine Nwarukwu and Mrs Comfort Ibeleme respectively.

However, the women groups further stated, "we are aware of the reconstructed Umuahia-Okigwe-Enugu express road, the Ebonyi-Enugu-Onitsha expressway, Onuaku Uturu-Ebonyi road and too numerous to mention for want of time. We applaud him for the recent approval for reconstruction of Umuahia/Ikwuano-Ikot Ekpene road and the Enugu-Aba-Port Harcourt road during one of the meetings of federal Executive Council (FEC), presided by President Buhari. 

"History will forever be kind to the President, one of the finest of leaders Nigeria has ever had since independence. The President has replicated leadership styles of the Late M. I Okpara of the blessed memory of Eastern Region that is worthy of emulation. 

Continuing, the Abia women organizations, also expressed their immense and profound gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for the  worthy appointment of Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah, as Honorable Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, describing the Abia-born minister as "father of modern Abia and beckon of hope for generational Abians.

The groups applauded Ogah for the effective representation of Abia and entire southeast in federal Executive Council and also noted that the outstanding gains solidly recorded by the  Minister of State for Mines  now and before sojourn into the Nigeria politics is incomparable and historical in the history of Abia and the nation at large, recalled the industrialization of the state and beyond with his private business conglomerates before ascension into political office.

The Abia Womenfolk further used the fora to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to come to their aids and prevail on Dr Ogah to join the Abia governorship race ahead of 2023 general elections,  as the populaces in God's own State are yearning for him to bring his vast leadership acumen to entrench true and people's-oriented governance for the good of Abia State. 

The groups also posited that the Minister has raised the bar in the present federal government's diversification of the nation's economy through natural and mineral resources which undoubtedly have boosted the revenue base used in developing other critical facets of the Nigeria's economy.

The Southeast women groups also commended  Uche Ogah for the political stability and harmony existing in Abia state, and as well as his immense support to the present government in  Abia state irrespective of political affiliations.

According to the groups, "Some had wished he used his proximity to the President as a Minister of the Federal Republic to invoke political crises in his home state or be at war with Gov. Ikpeazu for political expediency but Uche Ogah wouldn’t do any of such rather, as a true son of Abia, irrespective of political interest or affiliation, he has supported all requests and grants of Abia State at the Federal Executive Council. He has equally represented the Commander in-Chief in many functions organized by Abia State Government.

"He understands when it's time for governance and when it's appropriate for political gimmicks and campaign, therefore, after 2019 governorship election which he contested and came second, as a true democrat, he congratulated the winner, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu and wished him well".

The Abia Women For Good Governance and World Igbo Women for Equality, also applauded Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for the giant strides recorded in the area of Infrastructure especially, the ongoing establishment of Enyimba Economic City project which has already turning the state to a new destination for local and foreign business investments.

The Indigenous women organizations, however concluded that it would embark on massive mobilization and Sensitization of eligible women, men and youths for them to visit respective INEC centre for  registration and revalidation of their Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) to enable them exercise their civil rights in electing credible and worthy candidates in 2023 general elections.

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