Deputy Governor of Abia State, Rt. Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu says the government will only provide more amenities to communities that show commitment in protecting public facilities and projects sited in their localities.
Oko Chukwu, who stated this when he received a delegation of Nkporo Development Union led by their President, Chief Benjamin Ifegwu Umeri at Government House, Umuahia, stressed that the Governor Okezie Ikpeazu-led administration will continue to do its best to attract dividends of democracy to every section of the State and urged the National Executive Committee of Nkporo Development Union to take ownership of government projects and facilities in their areas by ensuring that they are not vandalized or encroached upon by anyone in order to encourage government to do more.
The Deputy Governor, who assured the executive members of Government partnership in ensuring the security of lives and property in the state, urged citizens to do their part by promptly reporting suspicious movements and persons to security agencies.
He expressed happiness at the construction of the Abribiba Nkporo Road, which was commissioned last December, and the soon to be commissioned Nkporo Cottage Hospital, and warned against blockage of drainages, destruction of facilities, and such other social vices while expressing joy in the abilities of the New Executives who are men of integrity to perform to expectations.
Earlier in his speech, the President of Nkporo Development Union, Chief Benjamin Ifegwu Umeri said they came to identify with the Deputy Governor who has been a pillar of support to them, having turned around the fortunes of Nkporo people through the attraction of many developmental projects and assured of their unalloyed support to the Dr Okezie lkpeazu-led administration.
The Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, the Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Governor, Sir Don Ubani, Body of Permanent Secretaries and other top government officials were present during the visit.
In the meantime, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has flagged off the 2nd round of outbreak response, for polio vaccination campaign with a call on health workers in the state to brace up and meet the challenges of the campaign to contain the spread of the virus, using the novel vaccine, nOPV2.
Governor lkpeazu, made the call while flagging off the 2nd Round of Outbreak Response (OBR) for Polio vaccination campaign held at the Umuahia South LGA, Apumiri, Ubakala.
He enjoined traditional rulers, religious leaders, parents and stakeholders to be involved by ensuring that children from 0-59 months, or 0-5 years are given two drops of nOPV2 and other Routine Immunization Antigens according to schedules in Health and Immunization centres nearest to them.
Ikpeazu was represented by the Deputy Governor, Rt Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu disclosed that the first round of the OBR campaign was successfully implemented between the 19th – 22nd June 2021 in all the LGAs with some levels of non-compliance in some areas of Aba South and Ukwa East and reaffirmed government’s commitment to the success of the 2nd round.
He said the greatest challenge facing all and the present administration is to sustain their love and concern for Abia children by tenaciously sticking to the immunization of every single child in the State, irrespective of their previous immunization status as this will save the lives and mortality of under 5 years children as well as contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals No 3 which is “Good Health And Well-being For All Ages”.
The Abia Chief Executive commended the unwavering efforts of the Federal Government through the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency and partners like WHO and UNICEF for their commitment in the support for maternal and child survival in the state by meeting their obligations in the partnership.