Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, the executive governor of Abia state has solicited the support and assistance of Online Media Practitioners(OMPAN) to professionally use their skills and medium to promote the obvious developmental achievement of his administration.
Governor Ikpeazu solicited for the partnership to tell the true story of his administration.
While briefing delegation of OMPAN members led by the chairman Chief Paddy Anyatonwu at the government lodge at Aba on Saturday, governor Ikpeazu revealed that Aba and Umuahia has no master plan on infrastructural development but his administration has done much to fix that and his successor will definitely see the design he has provided for that.
In his words; “You can not take it away that this government gave Abia long term development plan.This Aba has no master plan, even Umuahia,so it took a leader like me to know that you must do a master plan,so if the social media does not write it today, they will write it tomorrow.”
Governor Ikpeazu urged Online Media Practitioners to be mindful about what they say or write about the state, appealing that, “if you can not project Abia state, try to be as objective as possible”
In his words; “I will advise you to be as professional as you can .You can agree with me that some media practitioners both print and social media can be hired to assassinate somebody.
“Some people also design or put it in their hearts to distract the government so that they will not achieve anything which is a wicked thought. If you are distracting this man so that he will not perform,you are plotting evil against Ndi Abia.
” So I said to myself if it is to distract me, I refuse to be distracted.I can not be distracted and I can thrive in the mist of noise because I am focused and looking at the most vulnerable people in the state”
Governor Ikpeazu described media practitioners as perception managers who drive the society,added that they can make or mare the state.
He further pleaded with Media Practitioners to be careful on who they promote,what they promote and the agenda they are promoting to avoid promoting something that will undermine the state.
“We should be mindful of we write saying that and whether Abia state will grow or not it is in your hands and if you de-market your state, eventually in your curriculum vitae for your state of origin,you will put Abia .
“So, I am only urging us that your profession is so important that you are protected by the status in our constitution that tells you how serious the society takes the work you do”
Governor Ikpeazu also pointed out that not true that his predecessors did not do roads in Aba, “they did a few interventions here and there even in Umuahia,they did so many interventions but all of these failed.
” So my first question is why did these failed ? to avoid making the same mistake that was why I had to use a special technology taking cognizance the under ground waters . If I did not ask the right questions,I would not have done the right thing and I would not been able to do the right thing in Osusu road and most of the roads I constructed in Aba.
” I am interested in building roads that can stand the test of time so that the person who will come after me will not go back to those roads because we used cement technology which involves cement, concrete with 9 inch 9 rod and doing it requires some hard work and time but unfortunately our people do not have patience to wait .
” It has taken me four years to do Aba Owerri road because I had to take away the water that usually percolate at Ngwa High School and I spent 30 million Naira doing palliative there and I said God forbid then I decided to solve the problem once , I had to remove the water at Ngwa High School,I had to do 3 kilometers drainage to Rehema University and today ,we have solved the problem opposite the Anglican Church and that of Ngwa High School.
“So the essence of leadership is to solve problems ,not necessarily for people to clap for you.
Governor Ikpeazu further maintained that Abia under him has achieved many things in the area of infrastructure development, roads construction among other things that posterity will be fair to him .
His words, “I never promised anybody that I am going to do everything but I am ready and prefer to be judged by the things I have done so far and I will submit myself to the verdict of history and posterity because there are things you can not take away from me .