The Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has stated that infrastructure and security are top priorities of his government, saying the state has not recorded any incident of bank robbery since he came on board in 2015.
Speaking with newsmen in Umuahia, Governor Ikpeazu expressed gratitude to God for the feat he has achieved in securing the state, adding that God is behind it.
“Infrastructure and security are strong enablers that drive trade and commerce. Since our administration came on board, there has not been a single case of bank robbery. I give God the glory, I’m not boasting. If there are things we have done to secure our environment, all the glory goes to God. When it comes to things around security, I take it to God in prayer” he said.
He also said that companies that closed down in Abia at the heat of insecurity are beginning to come back to business.
“Today I was pleasantly surprised with the presence of the promoters of International Equitable Company, the company that was renowned for brands like Truck Soap in those days, but closed down as a result of the factors I mentioned. They walked up to me to say they were now ready to rebuild the company. And it coincides with the day that Golden Guinea Breweries, for the first time in 15 years, came to present their relaunched Golden Guinea beer. The first crate, they gave to Mrs. Adanma Opara, in honour of her husband who started the company. The second crate was brought to me. This is clear evidence that our policies are working. I don’t want to go into details about what we did to support Golden Guinea to come back, and the things we are going to do to make sure that International Equitable comes back. But let me say that whereas new companies are springing up gradually, the ones people thought had died are also coming back. Aba is coming back to the role it played in the post civil war era. Today, when people are chased away from where they are, maybe because of the problems in the North East and other theaters in the country, they return to Aba. That’s why, when you come to the Aba city centre, you can hardly find a place to put your leg”.
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