ABIA AT 28: BISHOP UGORJI CALLS ON STATE GOVERNMENT TO FIX POOR INFRASTRUCTURE.

ABIA AT 28: BISHOP UGORJI CALLS ON STATE GOVERNMENT TO FIX POOR INFRASTRUCTURE.
ABIA AT 28: BISHOP UGORJI CALLS ON STATE GOVERNMENT TO FIX POOR INFRASTRUCTURE.
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The Bishop of Catholic Diocese if Umuahia, Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji, has urged Abia state government to urgently address the deplorable state of infrastructure throughout the state.
He particularly decried the deficit of such in Aba, the commercial centre of the state.
Delivering his homily this Sunday, 25th of August, 2019 during a special thanksgiving mass to commemorate the 28th anniversary of the creation of Abia state at Mater Dei Cathedral, Umuahia, he pointed out that the state of infrastructure in Aba was deplorable and begging for immediate government’s attention to avert its total collapse.
He observed that Aba possessed great potential that had attracted enormous trade and investment from other parts of Nigeria and West African region, stating that with diligent and committed exploitation of “the” potential, Aba would be one of the greatest cities in Africa.
The Bishop also hinted on the workers who were still being owed by the government, advising government to endeavour to pay workers and teachers “promptly, as and when due” in order to motivate them to give their best.
He expressed profound gratitude to God for the human and mineral deposits as well as other material resources endowed on the state.
He expressed joy that the state had produced great sons and daughters, who had excelled in different spheres of human endeavours across the globe.
On security, Bishop Ugorji, however, expressed worry over the growing state of insecurity in the state, citing the menace of herdsmen and their wanton destruction of people’s farms in the state.
He made reference to a recent alleged attack by herdsmen who destroyed the diocesan farm, destroying crops worth over N2.5 million and attempted “to stab the farm manager to death.”
He regretted that although the matter was reported to security agencies, no arrest had yet been made.
He charged security agencies in the state to rise to their responsibility of protecting the lives and property of the citizenry.
It was however not all mentions of failures as the Bishop commended the government for lifting the ban on employment, and described the measure as a positive development that could reduce the unemployment and crime rates in the state.
Deputy Governor Ude Oko-Chukwu, read an address on behalf of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu at the mass, thanking God for the relative peace in the state, in spite of the widespread security challenges in the country.
Oko-Chukwu also said that Abia had enjoyed substantial peace and harmony among political class in the state and commended the efforts of the founding fathers of the state in the realisation of the state in 1991 and promised that the present administration would continue to uphold the ideals of the elder statesmen.
He further assured that this administration under the leadership of Okezie Ikpeazu would not renege on its campaign promises to the citizenry.
He urged Christians to continue to pray for the country to overcome the current challenges that seemed to threaten its peace and unity.
The mass had in attendance state functionaries including the SSG, commissioner for Information, Head of Service, PDP officials in the state among others.
Abia state like Enugu state marks its 28th years of creation but has been adjudged by many to be slow in development.

Chinwe Ugele

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