Abia Govt. restates commitment to state development plan




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By Ihechinyere Chigemeri-Uwom

Umuahia  -Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia on Tuesday expressed the commitment of the state government implement its long-term development plan engender sustainable socio-economic development.

 

Ikpeazu made this known during the presentation of the Abia long term Development Plan the state government by of Abia Support at the Government House, Umuahia.

He said the state government would expedite action ensure the success of developing the plan and its purpose.
“I strongly believe problems can be properly solved through proper research and . Whatever it will to achieve sustainable growth based on home-grown will be adopted by the state government.
“Anything can be done to engender social development across the various strata of the society is welcome. This government will do everything to commit itself to this plan,” he said.
The said state government had initiated various programmes and to tackle any issue was an impediment to sustainable economic growth Abia.
Ikpeazu added that the development plan would be published Igbo language to enable the residents to be active players the implementation of the development plan the state.
He said that the state government was desirous to transform the state into a strong economic hub, with a strong visibility the world market the garment and leather sector.
Ikpeazu commended the Abia Support for its efforts, adding that a platform would be created for the to give its inputs in the implementation of the plan.
Earlier, Dr Dara Akara, the Executive Director of Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta, said that the state long term development plan was a product of elaborate interactions with stakeholders.
Akara said that the plan was a representation of the dreams, aspirations and interests of the people of Abia.
He said that the idea of involving stakeholders in the process was centered on facilitating a successful implementation of the plan.
Akara said that the development plan had been structured to guide the state government to achieve systematic growth to attain sustainable development.
He urged the state government to “produce the plan in local languages, steps toward making the state safe, inject technologies in the implementing the plan.
“Monitoring and evaluation are very crucial in the implementation of the plan as they will enable the state government to record success in developing the state.”
The Executive Secretary of Commission, Mrs Nnenna Chikezie, said that the development plan was made up of 12 thematic sections, covering education, infrastructure, health, oil and gas.
“The vision and dreams of the people of Abia has been collated and articulated in the draft of the Abia Long-term Development Plan.
“This plan has gone through independent assessors and the gaps found in the draft plan have been filled after a closure meeting,” Chikezie added.

(NAN)