The State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has lauded the State Planning Commission for collaborating with the partnership initiatives in Niger Delta (PIND) to ensure the successful take off of the Abia State Long term Development Plan.
Dr. lkpeazu who stated this during the launch and public presentation of Abia State Long Term Development Plan held at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia noted that if the development plan which his administration has already keyed into is seriously followed and sustained by subsequent administrations, the State will be a center of attraction and a reference point for other States yet to key into the program.
The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu said the thirty years Abia State Long Term Development Plan will offer a blue print to sustainable economic growth and development in governance for administrations to come.
He reassured that Government will do everything in its power to ensure the successful implementation and legislation which will be incorporated into every section of the State and enjoined all to own up and protect the project.
Also speaking the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Chris Ezem described the launch of the Abia State Long Term Development Plan in the State as a milestone achievement and thanked all that made the program a reality.
In her address, the Executive Secretary and Permanent Secretary Abia State Planning Commission, Dr. Mrs. Nnenna Chikezie said the ultimate goal of the thirty year perspective plan is to promote sustainable and stable development of Abia State and to improve the quality of life of Abians.
She expressed delight that the present administration has bequeathed to Abians a road map to sustainable economic growth and development.
Our Government House Correspondent, Mercy Kalu reports that the event which featured an overview presentation of the Long Term Plan by Dr. Ebebe Ukpong, Goodwill message from the representative of the Executive Director of PIND, Dr. Chuks Ofolue and unveiling of the State Long Term Development Plan by the Governor’s representative attracted the presence of the Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, top Government Officials and other distinguished personalities.