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  •  Gov Okezie Ikpeazu has expressed sadness over the death of Eze John Ikpeaba traditional ruler of Isiala Ukwu Mbato Autonomous Community in Obingwa Local Government Area LGA of Abia Ikpeazu described Ikpeaba s demise as a major setback to the community and entire Obingwa LGA The governor s message is contained in a statement signed by his hellip
    Ikpeazu mourns traditional ruler
     Gov Okezie Ikpeazu has expressed sadness over the death of Eze John Ikpeaba traditional ruler of Isiala Ukwu Mbato Autonomous Community in Obingwa Local Government Area LGA of Abia Ikpeazu described Ikpeaba s demise as a major setback to the community and entire Obingwa LGA The governor s message is contained in a statement signed by his hellip
    Ikpeazu mourns traditional ruler
    General news1 week ago

    Ikpeazu mourns traditional ruler

    Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu has expressed sadness over the death of Eze John Ikpeaba, traditional ruler of Isiala Ukwu Mbato Autonomous Community, in Obingwa Local Government Area (LGA) of Abia.

    Ikpeazu described Ikpeaba’s demise as a major setback to the community, and entire Obingwa LGA.

    The governor’s message is contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka in Aba, on Saturday.

    It said Ikpeazu spoke during the funeral service of the late royal father, conducted by the Apostolic Church Mission, Old Eastern Ngwa Headquarters, Amuzu Ohanze.

    He noted that the royal father promoted peace, harmony and development during his reign. 

    The governor, therefore prayed God to grant his soul eternal rest and console his family, the entire Community and Obingwa LGA.

    Other speakers at the funeral extolled the good qualities of the royal father, who passed on at the age of 63 years. 

    Present at the burial were the Member representing Obingwa East State Constituency, and Leader of the State Assembly, Mr Solomon Akpulonu, Executive Chairman of Obingwa, Mr Ibe Nwoke.

    Others are former Executive Chairman of Isiala Ngwa South local government, Mr Ifeanyi Isikaku, Mr Rowland Nwakamma, as ell as other traditional rulers from across the state.

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  •  Dr Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has inaugurated an Interim Management Committee IMC to oversee the affairs of Umuchieze Cattle Market Lokpanta Umunneochi charging them to ensure peace and security of the market This is contained in press release by Chief Okiyi Kalu Abia Commissioner for Trade and Investment and made available to newsmen in Aba hellip
    Security: Ikpeazu inaugurates Umuchieze Cattle Market Committee
     Dr Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has inaugurated an Interim Management Committee IMC to oversee the affairs of Umuchieze Cattle Market Lokpanta Umunneochi charging them to ensure peace and security of the market This is contained in press release by Chief Okiyi Kalu Abia Commissioner for Trade and Investment and made available to newsmen in Aba hellip
    Security: Ikpeazu inaugurates Umuchieze Cattle Market Committee
    General news1 week ago

    Security: Ikpeazu inaugurates Umuchieze Cattle Market Committee

    Dr Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, has inaugurated an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to oversee the affairs of Umuchieze Cattle Market, Lokpanta Umunneochi, charging them to ensure peace and security of the market.This is contained in press release by Chief Okiyi Kalu, Abia Commissioner for Trade and Investment and made available to newsmen in Aba on Saturday.Ikpeazu, while inaugurating the committee at Umuahia, charged its members to ensure the market did not serve as launching pad for attacks by criminal elements against innocent citizens and visitors to the state.He said that Abia had always been home to people from diverse places living peacefully together with the people of the state.Ikpeazu, who was represented at the event by the trade and investment commissioner, vowed that the state would not tolerate any ungoverned space within its boundaries .The governor explained that the delay in the committee’s inauguration was due to the need for security agents to properly screen the nominees to ensure none of them was involved in criminal activities.“As members of this interim market committee, you are expected to help translate our vision of making the state the number one trade and investment destination in the country.“You are also expected to help make the state a place where visitors and residents coexist peacefully to maximally benefit from the enablers provided by the government.“We are worried about the recent upsurge in criminal activities around the cattle market.“And in addition to the security measures already put in place, we want to rid the market of criminal elements and also ensure cleanliness of the environment.“So you must ensure that trading activities happen only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. with all cargo carrying vehicles parked inside the market as against the current practice of parking on the highway,” he directed.He further urged the committee to ensure that all traders within the market were issued with identity cards and revenue collection streamlined to avoid multiple taxation and extortion.Alhaji Buba Abdullahi, Chairman of the Committee, thanked the governor for the opportunity to serve in the state.He assured that the committee would carry out its task in the best interest of the people and work towards ensuring a harmonious relationship between cattle traders and the host community.Mrs Janet Agbede, Abia Police Commissioner while addressing members of the committee in her office, charged them to ensure peace and tranquility within the market.“We have taken measures to ensure that the area is rid of kidnappers and other criminal elements and you should help us sustain the efforts or be held responsible for any breakdown of law and order,” she said.Members of the committee include Alhaji Buba Abdullahi, Chairman, Mr Nwankwo Paul, Vice Chairman, Alhaji Baba Ahmed, Secretary, Mr James Obete, Chief Security Officer and Francis Anusi,  Financial Secretary.Others are Alhaji Saleh Algare, member, Alhaji Annyim Umaro, member, Alhaji Amin Muhammed, member, Prince Auwalu Hamma, member, Alhaji Nwafor Monday, member and Mr. Ike Ezechinyerem, member.

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  •  Abia Government has charged the oil producing communities in Ukwa West Local Government Area LGA to protect the oil facilities in their areas Gov Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia gave the charge on Thursday while addressing the protesting youths of the LGA The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the youths were at the Government House hellip
    Abia Govt. urges host communities to protect oil facilities
     Abia Government has charged the oil producing communities in Ukwa West Local Government Area LGA to protect the oil facilities in their areas Gov Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia gave the charge on Thursday while addressing the protesting youths of the LGA The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the youths were at the Government House hellip
    Abia Govt. urges host communities to protect oil facilities
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    Abia Govt. urges host communities to protect oil facilities

    Abia Government has charged the oil producing communities in Ukwa West Local Government Area (LGA) to protect the oil facilities in their areas.
    Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia gave the charge on Thursday, while addressing the protesting youths of the LGA.
    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the youths were at the Government House, Umuahia to register their disagreement with “the misrepresentation of facts regarding oil wells in the area”.
    Ikpeazu said that the charge became necessary to check pipeline vandalism in the area.
    He expressed the need for concerted efforts by host communities to complement government’s efforts to protect oil facilities.
    He said that the measure would enable oil producing communities and the state at large to get adequate benefits from the resources in their area.
    The governor, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chris Ezem, said that allowing illegal oil activities to thrive would deny the area the resources for socioeconomic development.
    “If you are supposed to have 100 per cent crude processing and 70 per cent is stolen through oil bunkering, it means that what will be recorded by the authorities is 30 per cent derivative.
    “Protect the oil facilities in your area, so that you can get adequate benefit of the oil facilities in your area.
    “If oil bunkering thrives, it means few individuals will siphon the resources and the money will go into their pockets, while the community will get less.
    “It is only what is processed that the Federal Government will pay the community from,” Ikpeazu said.
    He said that Abia Government would not allow the facts, regarding oil production in the area, to be upturned.
    He assured them that the alleged misrepresentation would be corrected in due time.
    He commended the youths for being peaceful in their agitation to express their grievances and assured them that government would do the needful.
    Earlier,  the Spokesperson of the group, Mr Ebere Ekeleme, said that they came to make clarification regarding number of oil wells in the area with respect to a document presented to Abia House of Assembly.
    Ekeleme said that Igiriukwu Autonomous Community had the highest number of oil wells and remained the highest oil producing community followed by Isietitioha, Ipu West,  Etitioha, Isimiri and Ipu South Autonomous Communities.
    He called for the correction of the misinformation about the oil producing community with the highest number of oil wells in the LGA.

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  •  The leadership of Asa Liberation Movement ALM in Abia has called on the State Government to urgently intervene in the crisis to prevent it from escalating The call is contained in a statement signed by the group s President Secretary and Publicity Secretary Messrs Emeka Adiele Uju Ihunanyachukwu and Charles Samankwe respectively and made available to hellip
    Abia youths seek state govt’s intervention in herders/natives crisis
     The leadership of Asa Liberation Movement ALM in Abia has called on the State Government to urgently intervene in the crisis to prevent it from escalating The call is contained in a statement signed by the group s President Secretary and Publicity Secretary Messrs Emeka Adiele Uju Ihunanyachukwu and Charles Samankwe respectively and made available to hellip
    Abia youths seek state govt’s intervention in herders/natives crisis
    Defence/Security1 week ago

    Abia youths seek state govt’s intervention in herders/natives crisis

    The leadership of Asa Liberation Movement (ALM) in Abia has called on the State Government to urgently intervene in the crisis to prevent it from escalating.
    The call is contained in a statement signed by the group’s President, Secretary and Publicity Secretary, Messrs Emeka Adiele, Uju Ihunanyachukwu and Charles Samankwe, respectively, and made available to newsmen in Aba on Thursday.
    The call was coming on the heels of the recent killing of two persons by suspected herdsmen at Umuorie Asa in Ukwa West Local Government Area of the state.
    The group identified the deceased as Mrs Nwanyieze Ogbonna and Mr Chimezie Nwaobilor from Umuachigide and Umuagbudu Umuorie.
    It condemned the occupation of their forests by herdsmen, from where they allegedly unleash attacks on the natives.
    It alleged that the victims were kidnapped and killed by herdsmen on June 18.
    It expressed concern that the killer herdsmen were enjoying special protection, hence had not been apprehended by security agencies over their dastardly acts in the area.
    “It is the protection that has continued to give them impetus to be more brutal in their attacks on our people,” the group added.
    It further noted that Asa land, “a once peaceful and serene environment suitable for all kinds of agricultural production, has been infiltrated and now lie waste”.
    It further decried the forceful acquisition of some parts of the community’s land by the State Government for a cattle market.
    It argued that the measure exposed the natives to avoidable herdsmen’s attacks, including kidnapping and killing.
    The group stated that the community was tired of harbouring killer herdsmen in their land.
    It stated: “Our hospitality should not be a source of our death.
    “We ask Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu to tell the herders to vacate all our bushes with immediate effect to avert avoidable problems.
    “We also ask the governor to direct the 144 Battalion, Obehie, to release suspected killer herdsmen in their custody to the state government for eviction.”
    The group warned that any further attacks on an Asa indigene would be resisted with full force.
    It also urged the state government to relocate the military operatives at the Obehie Market “to enable our people to trade and feed their families”.
    It stated that the community closed the market since three days, in the wake of the latest killing of its people.

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  •  Gov Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has directed the management of International Equitable Association IEA to ensure youths of its host community Umuokeyibe Umungasi Aba are given employment This directive is contained in a statement signed by Abia Commissioner for Trade and Investment Chief Okiyi Kalu and made available to News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday hellip
    Ikpeazu directs company to employ host community youths
     Gov Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has directed the management of International Equitable Association IEA to ensure youths of its host community Umuokeyibe Umungasi Aba are given employment This directive is contained in a statement signed by Abia Commissioner for Trade and Investment Chief Okiyi Kalu and made available to News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday hellip
    Ikpeazu directs company to employ host community youths
    Economy1 week ago

    Ikpeazu directs company to employ host community youths

    Gov Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, has directed the management of International Equitable Association (IEA) to ensure youths of its host community, Umuokeyibe Umungasi, Aba, are given employment.This directive is contained in a statement signed by Abia Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Chief Okiyi Kalu and made available to News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday.Ikpeazu gave the directive during a meeting to settle a long standing rift between the company and their host community in Aba on Wednesday.The governor urged the company to abide by terms of the settlement which included ensuring that youths of the community were employed at management and other levels within the organization.Ikpeazu’s intervention and settlement of the rift has paved the way for the resumption of production at the hitherto moribund factory of the industrial giants.The governor at the meeting, applauded members of the community and their forebears for their foresight in donating their land in 1952 for the establishment of the factory.He also thanked them for peaceful renegotiations which started in 2018 and led to the agreement to settle all the lingering issues in June 2022.“We are happy that our collective efforts to reinvigorate this company is yielding positive results and I am optimistic that production activities will soon start again at the factory which is one of the landmark organizations that made Aba an industrial hub,” Ikpeazu said.Mr Sola Ajayi, the Managing Director of IEA, expressed appreciation to the governor for midwifing the settlement process.He assured that the company was ready to resume production as soon as preliminary works were completed.He also thanked the governor for fulfilling his promise to fix Nicholas Road, Aba, which leads to the factory and pledged the company’s willingness to be a good corporate citizen.Mr Chris Ubani, the Chairman of the Community and Mr Enyinnaya Ubani, their spokesman, thanked Ikpeazu for his development strides  and pursuit of industrialization in Abia.They pledged to abide by the terms of the agreement reached by both parties.NAN reports that IEA commenced operations in 1954, manufacturing popular detergents and soap brands before the ownership crises that led to its closure in 2009.The meeting, held in Governor’s Lodge, Aba, had in attendance the Trade and Investment commissioner, Chief John Okiyi Kalu and other top government officials.

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