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Politics / Social Media Mob Action On Abia State Government by emindu: 11:33am On Nov 19
For the past two to three years, there has been a consistent and malicious mob action and propaganda spewed daily against the CEO of Abia state, Governor T A Orji.

For the proponents of this propaganda, anyone who spoke freely, unbiasly on what is happening at Abia state was/is labeled as a bribe taker or insincere person. To many of them, they have absolute right to speak against the government, while others have no absolute right to speak for the government.

For long this attitude has been sustained with pictures which succeeded in making people to tag Abia a failed state and Gov. T A Orji the master of all failures. These people have not in any way brought to fore the good deeds of the governor and the government for objective comparism. All that came from Abia is bad. (They do not know they scare investors away).

Many people have compared Abia with a certain state that beautified its city with flowers whose image was laundered to be the most working government of our clime, a state which has been in existence for close to two centuries where the resources of the country were used to develop it and yet pot holes exist across the state.

What did T .A Orji do wrong?

T .A Orji did not do well in establishing a foundation on which successive governments will thrive on. He did not do well, when he built roads, relocated markets to ease out living and movement within the city. He did not do well by establishing 100 bedded hospital and primary health centers across the state. He did not do well when he restored the state to a path of glory after being bullied by the kidnappers. He did not do well by constructing a new government house so as to move away from rented apartments. T .A Orji did not do well that you will not see a single filth in Umuahia city. What is the benefit of International Conference Centre to a state which lacks a comfortable venue to host events? State Secretariat is not needed at all and T. A Orji constructed two blocks of four storey buildings in addition to the existing one for the workers of the state. The state does not need a well-equipped e-library and T.A Orji built one. The state does not need a guaranteed security of peoples’ lives and properties for economic growth. Schools are not needed as students are expected to at this point in time be learning in dilapidated buildings which safety is not insured. BCA does not need modern building and equipment for information dissemination, they are supposed to be stagnant and remain in the old building built years back. All these bad things T.A Orji did!

Some will question projects done in the PPP arrangement and argue that it is not the state government's funding. I dare ask, is the private company coming to invest where there is no favorable atmosphere for it to thrive? If the government did not provide the land, and necessary infrastructure, how will SPA come in to build a large mall in Umuahia?

In Abia state did I see an housing estate dedicated to traders. In Abia state did I see Umuahia city undergoing expansion.

Lest I forget, for those who want to invest in Umuahia, there is room for your business to thrive and a lot of land to acquire at affordable price. Your investment is secured and good market is ensured.

In Aba, I saw the roads tarred and commuters ply the roads freely. Azikiwe road, Aba Owerri rd and numerous ring roads are tarred. So what did this man do wrong?

Yes Aba used to be filthy but the intervention of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu as the head of ASEPA solved the problem of a dirty Aba.

While these castigations are on-going, those campaigning to pull down T .A Orji on the instance of Aba should also endeavour to go out to re-train the inhabitants of Aba. Individuals can take up this job. I challenge Abia pull-down commentators to pick up this challenge.

I shall also not look away from the waste packed along the express-way; efforts should be made to re-locate that as that sight and the odour oozing out of there is very bad.

T .A Orji has not claimed to be the solution of all problems in Abia state but he has done a fair share to write his name on stone. The legacy projects which he is doing are all durable with sophisticated architectural designs.
ABIA: God’s own state.
Politics / How Gov Theodore Orji Saved My Son— Ngozi Abochi Tom. by emindu: 10:49am On Nov 04
But for the benevolence of Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, Master Chidubem Godswil Tom who was diagnosed with a hole-in- the- heart three days after birth would not have lived to see his first birthday. Tom is alive today and his family is ready to tell the story over and over.

*Gov Theodore Orji
Tom’s mother, Ngozi Abochi had run from pillar to post seeking help to keep her son alive without success. Ngozi had cried to Nigerians through the media for urgent assistance for a life saving operation but help was nowhere to be found.
She and her husband had visited the Abia State government office in search of help apparently due to alleged man – made bottle necks they were not able to succeed until Vanguard published Tom’s story.
Luck smiled on Tom when the daughter of the Governor read the story and called her father’s attention to it. Immediately, the Governor speedily made funds available for Tom to be taken abroad for further treatments in far away India.
Today, Tom is hale and hearty.
Speaking to Good Health Weekly, Ngozi said: “I’m a living witness to the fact that Governor Orji popularly known as T.A is a man that shares the joy and sorrow of his subjects.
For Instance, when my son Tom was diagnosed of a hole- in -the -heart two days after his birth, in our bid to get help, the only place left for my husband and I to go seek help was the spirit world. And then, the story of my boy’s ill-health was published in some national dailies.
“When His Excellency read the plight of little Tom in Vanguard Newspapers, he immediately invited us. We went and T. A. paid for the boy’s treatment in India. ”
According to Ngozi the conferment of the Governor a National Honour as the Commander of the Order of the Niger, CON, did not just come by chance. For her, the honour is well deserved because Abians are better off under the administration of the Governor.
Ngozi, the Ariam – Eluelu born woman in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State who is based in Lagos, is convinced that the recent award received by the Governor is well deserved.
“Anyone observing and following events in Abia state in the last seven years would have seen this honour coming. It is a worthy honour, well-deserved and timely too.
I think it is a way of the President saying well-done to his Excellency, T. A. Orji and other recipients for working tirelessly to keep the nation going.Stories of such humanitarian gestures abound where Orji had rescued Abians from untimely and avoidable death.
Testimonies abounds that today, the health sector in Abia State has witnessed tremendous transformation since his coming into power. This could be seen in the establishment of the state-of-the-art Abia Specialist and Diagnostic Centre in Umuahia and Aba which completed through a Private-Public Initiative, PPI.
These investments in the health sector are presently saving Nigeria huge capital flight because a number of medical treatments for which patients would have been flown abroad are now, carried out in those facilities. These facilities can compete with those in developed climes.
The government is presently planning to expand the scope of services offered at the centre. Also, the renal dialysis and ophthalmology centre initiated by this administration are billed to take off soon.
About 11 years back, basic infrastructure was practically absent. Those provided by some of the founding administrations had deteriorated completely. Abia ranked high among the states with less than optimal healthcare.
Presently, state-owned health facilities which before Orji were ordinary First Aid Units are now functioning in full capacity. And because the health of Abians is of paramount importance,the Governor picks up hospital bills of indigent citizens of the state especially children and the aged.
Under its primary healthcare services, government has constructed and equipped more than 210 community health centres in different parts of the state. These health centres are provided with boreholes and tricycles to convey patients.
Hospital in each of the senatorial zones in the state has been equipped and up-graded and at least, one hospital in every Senatorial Zone has been transformed into a referral hospital for specialist treatments and diagnosis.
The state government has also acquired the defunct gigantic Alaoma Hospital on Aba Road in Partnership with MEI-CARE of India, with the intention to make it one of the best referral diagnostic centres in the South East. In order to compliment the Federal Government to ensure the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, has built and equipped 165 health centres.
- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/11/gov-theodore-orji-saved-son-ngozi-abochi-tom/#sthash.1pVgXwHv.dpuf
Politics / The Truth And Lies About Abia State (ckn Visit Report Part 1) by emindu: 4:07pm On Nov 03
After a barrage of media attacks coupled with several pictures of what has been termed the rot in Abia ,i decided to embark on a fact finding tour of the State to see things myself.
I arrived Umuahia late Thursday evening 29th October 2014.
Umuahia is not a new place for me.I have known it all my life.
My first impression on arriving Abia is that the city has transformed. Without any form of contradiction, Umuahia is one of the neatest town in Nigeria (i have seen so many ) .
Traffic was light,new hotels seems to have sprang up along the Umuahia-Obowo road towards the Abia towers.
I also noticed a complete absence of Okada,there are more of Keke napaep and Yellow cab taxis.
This must be a new Umuahia i was witnessing.
The major market in Umuahia was no longer there in its stead is a wide expanse of land where some slight development was going on.
Thursday 30th October 2014.
I decided to Visit Key Areas where for several months i have received several pictures from.
1. The revived Golden Guinea Brewery
2.Newly Built Amachara Specialist Hospital
3.The newly built Ultra Modern Market with over 5,000 lock up shops.
4. The New E Library.
6. New State Secretariat Umuahia.
7.The International Conference Centre
8.The New Government House
9.Major Roads In Umuahia
10.Government House
11.Transportation
12.New High Court

A. Golden Guinea:
My visit to Golden Guniea Brewery (the oldest brewery in South East) was nostalgic.
The Brewery was devastated by fire about 25 years ago. The company which was a major employer of labour in the then Imo and later Abia State was shut down due to the fire incident.
Several lives were lost .
Successive Abia State government have not been able to revive the industry which has a capacity of creating over 2,000 jobs.
I was taken round the giant edifice buy the Engineers on ground.All have been put in place by the current government with private partnership to revive the company.
New Equipment running into millions of naira have been brought in and installed. The company is moving from analogue to a digitalized brewery.
If all works to plan from what i saw, the Brewery will be back to full operation in about four months time.
B.AMACHARA SPEACLIST HOSPITAL
Before my trip, the Amachara Spcialist Hospital was a priority project i wanted to see.
The initial pictures sent to me were quite unbelievable. Most people believed they were Photoshop.
I visited the Hospital as well as its annexe.
Several new buildings have been built including a 100 bed hospital which i personally inspected.
I also found out that the Hospital has one of the best dialysis centres in the Country.
I was taken on a guided tour of the facilities by Dr Chima Chukwu..The Centre has six functioning dialysis machine (4 for regular patients, 1 for HIV/AIDS Patients and 1 for Tuberculosis Patients).
I witnessed the processes of blood transfusion and purification..The centre can handle any kidney failure patient at very very subsidised rates.
There was also a functional MOMOMGRAM machine for women with bosom cancer diseases.
They also have world class live size Xray machines in place.
The centre provides optical and other services.
I also inspected the recently built well furnished doctor quarters.

C. UMUAHIA MODERN MARKET:
The Umuahia market which has for years been at the city centre roundabout have been demolished. The thatched roof stalls have been removed and a modern market with all facilities have been built away from the main centre.
The fully occupied market have over 9,000 stores from what we saw. Items ranges from household items to fashion, eateries, spare parts shops, electronics, telecommunications etc
I was made to understand the stores were sold out to the traders at a soft loan of N400,000 payable back in four years.

D.INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE
So much noise have been made about the International Conference Centre.While the opponents of the current government in Abia State believe the International conference centre was a big elephant project, the Government felt in its wisdom that a State like Abia deserves such a befitting centre since there is none like it in the State.The State according to it has not been able to host any major event due to lack of an arena.
Several conferences and entertainment events meant for the State were neighbouring States of Imo or Rivers due to this.
A visit by our crew saw the conference sitting on a large expanse of land.It has a sitting capacity of over 5,000 with all modern day gadgets.
From what we saw,the centre is over 90% completed.
All that is remaining are major fittings and electrical worlks.It also has a large car park that can conveniently take over 2,000 cars at a time.
The major problem as we noticed is the road..It is hoped that this will be taken care of before commissioning.
E.ABIA STATE E-LIBRARY
The E Library has been a measure issue between T A Orji’s men and most social media users.
When the pictures were posted most people believed the edifice was not on ground.CKN Nigeria can authoritatively confirm that the building is not only on ground but ready for commissioning too.
The Library,one of the most equipped that i have seen in modern era has all the necessary equipment to operate.
Computers have been installed with Internet facilities.
Several sections have been demarcated for use.The library is fully digitalized.
We understood, the idea was to advance learning for young Abia people who are craving for learning and education.
When commissioned, the library will be used for free.
We only hoped that the facilities will be maintained and upgraded periodically by successive government.

F.NEW ABIA STATE SECRATARIAT
Abia State has no functioning Secretariat of its own except the one built by the Federal government.,
From what we saw, ministries were squatted in shanty bungalows not benefiting the status of the Ministries. A visit to the Ministry of Sports for example was an eyesore.
It baffled me how successive administrations in the State have existed without caring for the welfare of its workers.
We were able to see the newly built State Secretariat by the State Government. A section of the Secretariat was already occupied while the other section has been completed awaiting occupation.
It is located right beside the Federal Secretariat in the State Capital.

G. NEW ABIA STATE GOVERNMENT HOUSE
Years after its creation, Abia State Government is still operating from rented apartments from what we saw.
The Government House, Governor Lodge and Executive Council Chambers were glorified shanties.
While the former administration of the State led by Chief Orji Uzor Kalu had a magnificent palace in his home town Igberre ,Abia State,it was surprising to note how he would have operated from the shanties we saw on our visit as Government House.
Good enough,the T A Orji twilight hours of its departure has built a befitting government house and offices for the incoming government.
The project from what we saw is nearing completion and will be commissioned before the end of the tenure of the current government.
We don’t know what will become of the old government house.

H.NEW STATE HIGH COURT
The judiciary has not been left out too.A befitting new High Court building has been completed in Umuahia and stands to be commissioned.

I.TRANSPORTATION/ABIA ROAD NETWORK
Another area where the T A orji has made tremendious in road is in the area of Transportation.
Within the State capital,the ease of transportation has been key.
Vehicles and Transportation has been highly subsidised .Cabs and Busues painted in Yellow colurs are every where.We were made to understand that the cabs and buses were purchased at very subsidised rate and given out to operators.
The ease of movement was very noticeable in the State capital.
But the Federal roads linking Abia are terrible.The Okigwe-Umuahia-Aba Federal Highway is a death trap of sort.
A large section of the road has given way.Some lanes were completely closed to traffic while other sections are not motorable.
A large section of the Aba Port Harcourt road is also bad.Though there were effort being made to fix the road but all seems not to be going well.
Federal government presence on these roads was non existence.

J.SECURITY:
The current administration also pride itself to have taken the bull by the horn through its security agenda.
It will be recalled that there was a time when Abia was a no go area for anyone.
Kidnapping was the order of the day, even Journalists were not spared. Areas like Osisioma was a kidnap heaven but all that seem to have died down.
The administration prides that as one of its major achievements.
Movement around the state was easy with local vigilante groups asw well as the Police and Army were in full patrol and could be seen at strategic places in the State.

ABA
While the government deserves commendation on some of these feats, the major source of worry and sore thumb of a sort for the Abia Government remains the terrible state of infrastructure in Abia State major town of Aba.
All the terrible pictures that have adorned the social media in the past months which tends to have painted the Abia government in bad light comes from Aba.
As a matter of duty,CKN Nigeria took a trip to Aba on a fact finding tour.
Aba to a large extent was a bad sore taste in the mouth during our visit.
Starting from Aba –Port Harcourt road,the whole place was littered with dirts.
Wastes were dumped on the roads unattended to and not cleared.
It could be seen stretching for kilometres.
We couldn’t ascertain why the Abia government was having serious problem disposing the dirt which has practically taken over some sections of the highway.
We also visited areas like Parks Road,Faulks Road,Asa Road as well as the popular Ariaria market.
While the inner roads in Umuahia were excellent and well maintained, same cannot be said of roads in Aba.
Government officials we spoke to told us of the challenges faced in Aba.
According to them, redeeming Aba will take a holistic cleansing..Over 5,000 homes may have to be destroyed to re-plan the place (just as it happened in Maroko Lagos) and no government can afford to displace its indigenes just like that.
The government according to them is doing everything humanly possible to continue to give Aba a facelift with the meagre resources at its disposal.
It promises to redouble its effort at making sure that it touches the lives of every Abia State indigene irrespective of where they found themselves.

Note:Part 11 Of This Report Will Showcase Pictorials of My Visit

Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief Of CKN Nigeria

Politics / Gov Orji Commissions Ultra Modern 100 Bed Ward, House Officers Hostels, by emindu: 2:51pm On Oct 29
Gov Orji Commissions Ultra Modern 100 Bed Ward, Administrative Block, Others at Specialist Hospital Amachara
.Donates Ambulance
Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, has commissioned four projects completed by his administration at the Amachara annex of the Abia State specialist and Diagnostic centre,Umuahia.
The projects include the Administrative block, house officer’s hostel, one 100 bed ward housing an intensive care unit, a cardiac centre and a modern laboratory and an accident and emergency department with ambulance which the governor donated to the hospital.
Speaking at the event, the Governor who said he was interested in the elongation of the lives of Abians added that it was for that reason that he was moved to replicate what he saw during one of his trips to the United State of America where major medical facilities are located in one place.
The Governor disclosed that his administration has expanded health centres in the state from 250 to 710 scattered in parts of the state.
Additionally, the Governor said his government has successfully built 100 bedded hospitals in nine Local Government Areas of the state and intends to replicate it in all the 17 LGAs to enhance health care delivery to the people.
The Governor expressed happiness that that the first batch of medical interns at Amachara Specialist Hospital, have completed their training while plans were on to admit new ones.
Earlier,the commissioner for Health, Dr. Okechukwu Ogah who said the hospital hopes to pursue postgraduate residency training programme in general and family medicine in the near future disclosed that the government has approved the recruitment of specialists and other healthcare workers to ensure the objective.
He also stated that the government has partnered with chevron oil company to construct a chest clinic and the MDG to construct TB/HIV/AIDS/malaria treatment and research centre located within the Amachara hospital.
Speaking, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, prof. Augustus Mbanaso, thanked the Governor for transforming the health sector of the state as shown by the numerous health centres, changes in the general hospitals in the state and the transformation at the Amachara Specialist Hospital.

Politics / 2015: Orji Uzor Kalu's Senatorial Bid Crashes by emindu: 2:45pm On Oct 27
Ahead of 2015 elections, the confused and demystified
ex-governor of Abia State Orji Uzor Kalu has returned to
trenches after many months of political hibernation
that did not yield any result.
In a letter to the national chairman of the PDP, Alhaji
Adamu Mua'zu, Kalu seek to secure a waiver to contest
for the Abia North Senatorial Seat. According to the PDP
South East where his letter was referred to, the party
argued that the fundamental requirement for
membership of our party is registration at the ward and
having the name entered in the ward membership
register and payment of necessary fees.
PDP stated that they took time to carefully inspect Orji
Kalu Igbere ward 'A' membership register and ward 'B'
membership register. His name could not be found in
the said registers. And for those reasons Kalu is not a
member of PDP and therefore cannot contest election
under PDP. His application was therefore thrown out.
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Politics / Breaking News: PDP Denies Uzor Kalu (OUK) Membership. by emindu: 1:29pm On Oct 25
Breaking News: PDP denies Uzor Kalu (OUK) membership.

Former Abia State Governor Orji Uzor Kalu’s attempt to secure a waiver in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to enable him vie for the Abia North seat has been blocked.
PDP in the Southeast has described his claim of being a member of the party as spurious and unfounded.
The ex-Abia State governor in a letter dated October 9 sought the waiver on the grounds that he rejoined the PDP on January 16, 2012; the day he also claimed he was registered in his Igbere Ward ‘A’ home.
Kalu said in the letter: “I write to inform you that I returned to the PDP on January 16, 2012. As one of the founding members of the party, I do not think I need a waiver to contest the senatorial seat. But if I do, I hereby apply for a waiver.”
The party in the Southeast where Kalu’s letter was referred to for comment, denied knowing the former Abia governor as a member.
The National Vice Chairman of the PDP in the Southeast, Col Austin Akobundu (rtd), reacting to Kalu’s waiver request, was said to have raised what the zone referred to as eight strategic points, which knocked off Kalu’s claim of being registered on January 16, 2012 in his Igbere Ward ‘A’.
According to the party, since Kalu “left PDP seven years ago and founded his pet party, the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), the ex-governor has not taken any step to rejoin, be admitted or re-admitted into the party.”
The PDP Southeast said: “The fundamental requirement for the membership of our party is registration at the ward and having the name entered in the ward membership register and payment of the necessary fee. It is only when the name of a prospective member is entered into the party’s register that membership card is issued.”
Said Akobundu: “I took time to inspect the Igbere Ward ‘A’ membership register. The register has 244 names. Kalu’s name is not in the register.
“I also extended my search, for the avoidance of doubt, to Igbere Ward ‘B’, which has 256 registered members. His name could not also be found in the register.”
Reacting to Kalu’s purported PDP membership card issued at Igbere Ward ‘A’, which was referred to him by the National Organising Secretary, Abubakar Mustapha, Akobundu described it as spurious and baseless.

The Nation

Politics / Re: T. Orji For Senate - His Son For Speaker State House Assembly,his Puppet For Gov by emindu: 12:24pm On Oct 25
Ikuku OMA abia. Founder ochendo youth foundation. An illustrious son of ibeku land. God will keep you for ndi ibeku and abia in general. Ride on my amiable engr. Idi okIkuku in my next generation i pray that God will still give me a man like you . because you alway their for your people.
Politics / Re: T. Orji For Senate - His Son For Speaker State House Assembly,his Puppet For Gov by emindu: 12:22pm On Oct 25
Honestly , I have studied this Man with all my intellectual capacity and analysis , to find out who this man is as well as to compare what others say or think about him , I came to my realisation that this Man Comrade Chinedu Orji a.k.a IKUKU is a Man of peace , full of wisdom, intelligent, humble, quite, God fearing. His humility is what surprises me atimes irrespective of the fact his the son of a state governor yet his humble to a fault . The plight of the youths often becomes his burdens that he displeases himself to please those who come close to him . Chinedu Orji is a man of the youth and loved by the youth . He is a good man that people always try to paint him black just an opposite of what he is yet he is so strong and never bothered about what he is been written or said about him that's a quality of good man with a good heart . The truth is that Ikuku deserves the opportunity to represent his people based on his philanthropy and good heart,ride on the Ikukuoma.

Politics / Re: The Bad State Of Roads In Abia State by emindu: 4:40pm On Oct 23
Ochendo is working hard to make sure that he strives for development in the state

Politics / Re: The Bad State Of Roads In Abia State by emindu: 9:17am On Oct 22
Governor T.A Orji has embarked on more than 50 different road projects in various parts of the state in the recent times. While a good number of these roads have been completed others are at various stages of completion. Some of the roads are Faulks Road Aba, Nkata – Alaike roads,Umuahia, Ndiokereke-Ndioji, Abam–Arochukwu road, and the Aba -Owerri road, Aba which has opened up another vista of business opportunities for Aba residents. Also commissioned is the popular Ukwu-mango road in Aba which hitherto had remained not just unmotorable, unpassable but in a very deplorable condition. Ukwu-mango is a very indispensable link into the Ariaria International Market.

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Politics / Abia Govt And Workers’ Welfare by emindu: 6:21pm On Oct 21
SIR: I refer to an article on page 20 of The Nation, Friday October 17, authored by one Ibe A Uche titled Abia government and workers’ salaries. In the article, the author maliciously tried to portray the Abia government in bad light in the area of workers’ welfare. Even though, he acknowledged the decline in the monthly federation allocation to the states in recent times which is affecting governance one way or other, he turned the logic upside down on the true situation in Abia State.
Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State before joining partisan politics was a renowned public servant who spent greater part of his youthful life in the civil service of Old Imo State and Abia State. On assumption office in 2007, his administration inherited N29billion debt from his predecessor which included 10 months salary owed local government workers and others.
His administration liquidated the unpaid salaries.
The government moved quickly to promote workers whose promotions have been stunted over the years following the politicization of the service by the previous administration. For the workers, it was a dream come true as some of them got triple promotions with their entitlements and other perks paid without delay. Those who were due for retirement, but decided to sit tight were retired and settled. The government commenced the construction of workers’ secretariat, first of its kind in the whole of South-east zone. Today the secretariat has been completed and occupied by the workers just as the Old secretariat has been renovated to international standard and is operational now.
It is pertinent to know that since the present government assumed office, workers have not embarked on strike because the government has been living up to its expectations. That is why the workers on two different fora conferred award on governor Orji as workers’ friendly governor. While other state governors foot-dragged and are still foot-dragging on the payment of N18,000 minimum, Governor Orji’s government was the first to pay. Instead of the N18,000 approved minimum wage, Governor Orji’s government is paying workers N21,000.
For the tertiary institutions in the state namely Abia State Polytechnic Aba, Abia State University Uturu and others, the present administration increased their subventions astronomically from N29 million to N95 million monthly.
Towards the end of last year, government released the sum of N5.4 billion to the management of the state university, ABSU to tackle infrastructure projects in the school. The government also restored peace and harmony between the University and its host community, complete liquidation of the arrears of six month salaries of staff, which gulped a whopping sum of N960 million. The government had also redeemed her promise to implement the 2009 FGN/University Staff union’s package in the University from January 2011 which cost the Government an additional N528 million. This is apart from their monthly subvention and Internally Generated Revenue from tuition fees and others.
As it is today workers in the State are not at loggerhead with the state governor neither are they on strike. If they have grudges against the government, they know the appropriate channels to take, not pages of newspaper.
• Dr. Romanus Uwa,
Aba Abia State.
Source: The Nation.

Politics / Late Dimgba’s Family Rejects Ouk’s 3 Million Naira by emindu: 12:24pm On Oct 16
Family members of late Dimgba Igwe have rejected the sum of 3 million Naira offered to them by the publisher of Sun Newspapers Orji Uzor Kalu.

Dimgba Igwe was buried last weekend in Igbere amidst tension as kalu who was booed by the youths is linked to the late editor, having had a shouting match with the veteran journalist on the eve of his controversial death.

Southeastonlinenews reporter who covered the event was told by a family member that the three million was rejected based on the fact that the money is not even up to the eight months salary being owed Dimgba. The three million is it for the training of Dimgba’s children or the salary arrears, Kalu should keep his money we don’t need it, the family members queried.
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Politics / The Difference Between Governor Theodore Ahamefula Orji’s C.o.n. And Chief Orji by emindu: 3:18pm On Oct 13
The human society, especially governments, has always been confronted with challenges of varying degrees. The challenges, if left unaddressed, could generate tremendous consequences on man and society. Responsible and responsive segments of the human society have, at various times, shown commitment to problem – solving and conflict resolution. Evidence of such commitments has been found in the family, village, church, school, community, industry, bank, government and other forms and levels of human organization.

In the family, for instance, a single member of the family, realizing that the family is poverty-stricken, could decide to sacrifice his or her own personal aspiration, growth and comfort in order to propel other members of the family grow and, by so doing, break the back-bone of poverty. At the village or community level, some individuals volunteer themselves to ginger activities that transform to enormous human development. In the church, many have been known to have single-handedly built a place of worship for God. Many security operatives have patriotically put their lives on line just to save their father- land.

In recognition of these selfless sacrifice made by individuals in order to guarantee peaceful, safe and progressive existence of the human society, it became necessary, for purposes of motivation, that individuals or even corporate bodies that distinguish themselves in any credible field of human endeavour, are not left unnoticed but recognized and honoured.

On March 25, 1863 the President of the United States of America; Mr. Abraham Lincoln, in the name of the U.S. congress awarded honours to some Military personnel that had excelled during the American Civil War which began on April 12, 1861 and ended on April 9, 1865.

In Nigeria, the Federal Government instituted the National Honours Act No. 5 of 1964, during its First Republic, just to honour her citizens and friends who have rendered service to the benefit of the Federation. The Nigerian National Honours, in descending order of importance, are;
(1)​Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (G.C.F.R)
(2)​Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (G.C.O.N)
(3)​Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (C.F.R)
(4)​Commander of the Order of the Niger (C.O.N)
(5)​Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (O.F.R)
(6)​Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (M.F.R) and
(7)​Member of the Order of the Niger (M.O.N.)

The said Act No. 5 of 1964 purely confirms the fact that the Nigerian Government appreciates contributions by her citizens and friends. By this Act, there are seven categories of honour, arranged in their descending order of importance. While commander of the Order of the Niger (C.O.N) is the fourthon the rung, the Member of the Order of the Niger (M.O.N) is the seventh, the last and the least.

Before Chief Orji Uzor Kalu (should it not be Nsiegbe) emerged as Governor – Elect of Abia State in 1998, he had arrogated to himself the conferment of the National Honour of Member of the Order of the Niger (M.O.N). many Abianshad reasoned that if the Nigerian Government could consider him fit and proper to be conferred with Member of the Order of the Niger, even though the least in Order of importance; it meant that the Federal Government had found him to be worthy of responsible leadership. Unknown to the unsuspecting Abia electorate,that claim by Orji Uzor was completely false. No Nigerian government had everconsidered Orji Uzor Kalu worthy of any honour.

However, a time came in the course of his governance of the down-trodden and economically emasculated people of Abia State when people decided to find out if Orji Uzor Kalu actually was a recipient of the country’s M.O.N. All therelevant books of record were looked into but Orji Uzor Kalu (M.O.N) was conspicuously absent.

Realizing the significance of such a discovery of spuriousness, Orji Uzor, being the con-man he had always been, quickly and cunningly claimed that his version of M.O.N. meant “Madu Oha Nile”, that is the Igbo interpretation of ‘a man of the people’.

The absurdity of Orji Uzor’s claim goes very far depicting the crass of depth of deceit and extortion the innocent people of Abia State were hauled into simply for voting Orji Uzor, whose only agenda was to milk them to a state of unparalled economic deprivation and socio-political instability.

On the contrary and as the Holy Bible puts it, when the righteous is one the throne, the people rejoice. With the emergence of Chief Theodore Ahamefule Orji; an accomplished gentle-man, whose paternity and maternity are well known and impeccably documented and whose father, Chief Tom Ikoro Orji, was among his generation of very wealthy Ibeku indigenes and, so, could not have abandoned his family name to adopt another because of excruciating poverty, Abia State started wearing another look. The toga of deceit for which Abia state Government was characterized during the inglorious era of Orji UzoKalu had to give way to collective governance based on collective aspiration.

For purposes of leaving facts as they are, a very brief juxtaposition would suffice here, (1) while Orji Uzo Kalu coerced Abians into oath-taking in juju shrines before giving them any assistance, Governor T.A. Orji rewarded Abians for their contributions and on consideration for humanity (2) Orji Uzor Kalu used divide and rule and disunity as weird instrumentalities of exploitation of the people of Abia state but Governor T.A. Orji clings to the use of unity and harmony as essential apparatus for state integration, (3) Orji Uzor’sabandonment of the intendment of Abia Charter of Equity gave rise to a highprofile of insecurity that produced the likes of Osisikankwu, stone, Onyime, Dabul, Shalama, and many others who boldly, in their own way, resolved to rebel against the state but Governor T.A. Orji’s approach of carrot and stick restored security and peace in their state, (4) Orji Uzor Kalu left the state with embargoes on promotion of public servants but Governor T.A. Orji came in and gave automatic accelerated promotions to Abia Public Servants , (5) Orji UzorKalu left the state without building a single Maternity or Clinic but Governor T.A. Orji has built well over two hundred Health Centres, an Ultra Modern Dialysis Centre at Umuahia, a second to none Ophtalmological specialist Hospital at Amachara and has carried out quantifiable improvement at the Abia state University Teaching Hospital at Aba, (6) Orji Uzor Kalu, who claims to be an Aba boy and whose mother traded on local gin, kola-nut, bitter kola and snuff, though on a table-sized level, did not build any market all through his tenure as Governor of Abia State but Governor T.A. Orji, who had neither been a trader nor a business man, built the modern Ubani-Ibeku Market, the timber market at Umudike and the Ohiya motor spare parts, (7) Judges of the Abia state Judiciary operated in dilapidated court-buildings during the dark era of Orji Uzor Nsiegbe but under Governor T.A. Orji, they now sit in buildings that are symbols of modern architectural edifices, (cool when Orji Uzor Kalu was Governor, no single political appointee left office with a vehicle but Ochendo has never asked any appointee to drop his or her official vehicle at the end of his or her appointment, (9) Orji Uzor felt self-esteemed giving Abia Youths Wheel-barrows and tokumbo Motor-cycles as a Governor but Governor T.A, Orji doledout cars and vehicles to Abia Youths, having earlier given more than five thousand tricycles, (10) While Orji Uzor was unconcerned that Abia Civil Servants squatted in distantly separated rented accommodation, Governor T.A. Orji, being a quintessential Civil Servant, did not only renovate and rehabilitate the old Nnamdi Azikiwe Secretariat built by military but went ahead and built a very befitting twin secretarial complexes, (11) the military built the Michael Opkara Auditorium that can hardly accommodate five hundred persons yet Orji Uzor Kalu did not comprehend the utility of a modern auditorium and its connectivity to tourism but Governor T.A. Orji, being the well educated man that he is, appreciated the significance of what Orji Uzor Kalu’s intellectual limitation could not allow him embark upon and, no wonder, he initiated and is almost completing an international conference centre that is structured to accommodate up to five thousand guests at any given time, with more than ten different events; seminars, workshops, conferences, or talk shops, going on simultaneously, (12) Orji Uzor as Governor who had right over the issuance of certificate of occupancy felt comfortable operating the affairs of Abia state in aGovernment House rented from the late Air Commodore Emeka Omerua but Governor T.A. Orji, whose first three years of Governorship were shockingly hampered by intrusion and imposition by Orji Uzor, his mother; Eunice Nmecha Nsiegbe and siblings, liberated the people of Abia state and has since the emancipation, embarked on the building of a Government House, (13) While Orji Uzor Kalu recklessly put Abia state at war with the Federal Government of President Obasanjo, Governor T.A. Orji simply reconnected the state to the main stream of Nigeria’s politics and (14) Orji Uzor had vowed and boasted that the people of Ukwa and Ngwa would remain perpetually marginalized and dominated by people of Old Bende but Governor T.A. Orji believes that no society can have peace and development in the absence of equity, hence he is in synergy with the leadership of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to zone the governorship of the state to Abia-South in 2015.

The choice of Governor T.A. Orji as a commander of the Order of the Niger by President Jonathan is desirable, justifiable, commendable and clearly shows the difference between Governor T.A. Orji as Commander of the highly reveredOrder of the Niger and Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, whose M.O.N. has been reduced to mean “Madu Oha Nile”, instead of Member of the order of the Niger.Congratulations Ochendo.

Politics / Igbere Youths Protest In Front Of Orji Uzor Kalu’s Home by emindu: 3:08pm On Oct 13
The mysterious tale following the sudden death of the Pilot 1 driver, Uche Orji, to the former governor of Abia State [Orji Uzor Kalu] continues to spread within the Igbere community. This is as information made available to 247ureports.com through sources close to the family of the driver indicated hat angry youths from the hometown of the former governor gathered at the entrance to Orji Uzor Kalu’s home to express their anger towards the former governor over the mysterious death of their kinsman, Uche Orji. The youths had accused Orji Uzor Kalu of killing Uche Orji for ritual purposes.


Orji Uzor Kalu in his his water sport vehicle – earned from the collective treasury of Abia State
Uche Orji was buried on October 9, 2014 by a irate youths of Amankalu Igbere. Uche Orji was the Pilot 1 driver to Orji Uzor Kalu until his sudden collapse inside the home of Orji Uzor Kalu after having had a meal. Orji Uzor Kalu was at home at the time of his collapse on August 22, 2014. The body of Uche Orji was immediately smuggled out of the home and kept away from the suspecting eyes of the community, or the media. Orji Uzor Kalu was quick to deny and wrongdoing. He stated that he had the same meal that the late driver had before collapsing. The governor also told the family of the late Uche Orji thay he will cater to the burial – and to make available money for the upkeep of the ones left behind by the sudden death. Uche Orji was married with 5 children. Both his parents are dead.

On the day of the burial, Orji Uzor Kalu failed to show up for the burial. Sources close to the family indicated that Orji Uzor Kalu also failed to make true on his promise. The youths of Igbere who were unhappy with what had happened had gathered at the burial site in readiness to express their anger to the former governor. But they were disappointed by his absence.

Yesterday, they took the protest to his home.http://247ureports.com/?p=56984&cpage=1#comment-565289
Politics / Igbere Community Accuse Orji Uzor Kalu Of Murder, Orji Uzor Kalu Skips Town by emindu: 10:04am On Oct 11
October 9, 2014 saw the former governor of Abia State in the person of Orji Uzor Kalu avert possible mass lynching by the irate youths of Igbere community – as the remains a former driver to Orji Uzor Kalu was laid to rest at his hometown of Isiegbu Amankalu, Igbere in Abia State. This is following information available to 247ureports.com obtained from community stakeholders in Igbere, the hometown of Orji Uzor Kalu, indicating that another associate of Orji Uzor Kalu had collapsed again at the residence of the former governor under circumstances that raises more questions than answers.

On August 22, 2014, a long driver, Uche Orji, of the former governor of Abia State collapsed at the Igbere home of the former governor after eating a meal with the former governor. According to available information, the unfortunate incident occurred as the former governor arrived his home from a political meeting. Shortly after arriving from the meeting, the driver collapsed after having a meal at the residence. The body of Uche Orji was then smuggled out of Orji Uzor Kalu’s home away from possible dictation by the public or the media.


Laying Uche Orji to rest
In attempts at deny having played a role in the death of Uche Orji while responding to the growing tension in his hometown community, Orji Uzor Kalu explained that he eat the same food that Uche Orji did – and so, he could not have played a role in his sudden death. But Orji Uzor Kalu’s denial appear to not have dissuaded the irate youths who appeared convinced beyond doubt that Orji Uzor Kalu murdered Uche Orji. Some of the youths point to possible ritual as the reason behind the sudden collapse of Uche Orji.

The day following Uche Orji’s, the former governor skipped town for Lagos. From Lagos, he telephoned the Uche Orji’s family promising to make a large sum money available to the family for the upkeep of Uche Orji’s children. Unfortunately, Orji Uzor Kalu has yet to redeem his promise nor visit the grieving family or widow.

The driver, Uche Orji, was the ‘Pilot 1’ to the former governor, and was popularly referred to as Pilot 1. He was 37years old, married with 5 young children.


Laying Uche Orji to rest
Uche Orji was laid to rest on October 9, 2014. Orji Uzor Kalu was not present or represented at the funeral. According to sources from the scene of the burial, Orji Uzor Kalu made a security based decision not to attend the burial because irate community youths had organized themselves ready to pounce on the former governor in a violent manner. The youths from the hometown of the former governor had come to burial ready to attack the former governor because of the mysterious death of their brother.


Angry youths – Laying Uche Orji to rest
The latest death of an associate to the former Abia State governor comes following the controversial collapse of a female friend, Chinwe Masi at the Maryland [USA] home of the former governor, four years ago as Orji Uzor Kalu prepared for the presidential elections of 2011. Chinwe died at Kalu’s 14900 Rivers Road, Potomac, Maryland home on August 19, 2010 according to Montgomery Police officers.

Sources who confirmed that Chinwe was at Orji Uzor Kalu’s mansion the day she died, also revealed that he immediately relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina in the US where he maintained a low profile while waiting for police to conclude their investigations. This was as the family members to Chinwe expressed concern that the police will not find the real reason Chinwe died because, according to them, Orji Uzor Kalu is vested heavily in occult practices, and may have used Chinwe for unknown rituals. She was 47 years old.



Both mysterious death which occurred in the month of August, according to a local politician within the area is to ‘signify something’. The politician refused to elaborate on what it may signify.

Efforts to Orji Uzor Kalu failed.Igbere Community Accuse Orji Uzor Kalu Of Murder.http://247ureports.com/?p=56926

Politics / Leadership Lessons From Peter Obi To Orji Uzor Kalu by emindu: 9:47am On Oct 11
Leadership Lessons from Peter Obi to Orji Uzor Kalu

By Uche Aguoru

There is usually a time in a man's life when he takes the ultimate decision in life and such decision is usually associated with great achievers, men who put others first before self, men who place the state first before material gain. As I stood there in Chief Peter Obi's residence in Government Reserve Area! Onitsha, Anambra State, waiting for the moment he will say he has joined PDP knowing that he has left APGA and all what he stands to gain materially from the state in the hands of Obiano the incumbent governor who Obi single handedly made the governor of Anambra State. We all know that it is a very hard decision to make, leaving a comfort zone and moving to an unknown terrain, that was exactly what Peter Obi the former governor of Anambra State did on the 7th of October 201. He chose to play politics on the basis of national interest and to shun greed and high handedness. I looked round his residence and all I saw was a modest residence, modestly furnished and at that point I asked myself can such a man who manned the affairs of the richest South-east state for eight years live such a modest life style? My mind quickly ran back to the era of Chief Orji Uzor Kalu who used the period he was the governor of Abia State to run the state down while developing his business empire and was busy building Camp Neya in Igbere when the state he was governing does not even have a government house.

What differentiates Obi from other greedy politicians like OUK is that once Obi had successfully insured that he has secured the state by ensuring that he handed over the mantle of leadership of the state to a man he is sure that wont mismanage the resources of the state but will rather try to improve on the achievements he had on ground already, he totally hands off from the governance of the state and had to move on with his life in other spheres even to the extent of joining another political party, Peter Obi left 75 billion naira for Obiano to work with that was why it took Obiano little or no time to put his government in order and to also start some key project implementation which has already been budgeted for by his predecessor.

This is a very big lesson in stewardship and honesty as against a situation where by your predecessor will take away every little fund left in the states purse and even go ahead to borrow money and also tactically and falsely obtain funds from donor agencies into his private account leaving the debt and bad image for the incoming administration such as we saw in the case of Orji Uzor Kalu where He had to accrue so much debt for the state and left nothing for Chief T.A. Orji to work with.

For Peter Obi to have moved over to another party means that he is not ready to play God fatherism of any sort on the incumbent in as much as he has been his boss all along even before politics, for Okwute ndi Igbo to have left the party means he shunned greed and materialism for the interest of his state, Anambra. For Obi to have left APGA for PDP means he loved his state and has the interest of his people at heart and has placed them first before self.
Since Obi handed over to Obiano I have not heard or read him any where criticizing and telling lies against Obiano on the pages of every newspaper.
Okwute ndi Igbo did not appoint those he wants Obiano to work with, he has brothers, he has relations he could have placed in strategic positions in Obiano's government even as Chief of staff to Obiano but he did not do that because he wanted Obiano to succeed and for Anambra to grow beyond the level he (Obi) left her.

That is selflessness Peter left APGA for PDP so as to attract more federal presence to his state and today he is received into the PDP like a hero he is and the whole world witnessed his entry into the party.

Who received OUK back into PDP and who witnessed his return to the party? If Obi had chosen to be highhanded like Orji Kalu he could have divided APGA or try to destroy it before leaving but he did not even tamper with the APGA structure that he built down to the wards in Anambra, he simply moved to a party where he felt has a wider reach, a party at the centre where his voice can be heard the more for the interest of his people.
And to prove to the world that he is not having any face-off with the incumbent, he stood by him all through the electoral process down to the Supreme Court victory before decamping to the party with the widest Umbrella on planet earth (PDP) and today whether we like Obi's action or not he has taught some of our leaders what selfless leadership should be and these are some of the lessons that those who help Orji Kalu to write his leadership series in his Sun newspapers should help teach him, they should tell him that:

(1) Greed had cost him more than he had gained,

(2) That it was greed and high handedness that made his party PPA loose two states that are already in their control namely Imo and Abia,

(3) That it was greed and high handedness that made him not to belong to any political party today not even his PPA, and

(4) That it was greed that killed his party the Progressive Peoples Alliance.

These are some of the lessons in leadership that Orji Kalu should learn from Okwute Ndi Igbo, Chief Peter Obi.

.Aguoru writes from Umuahia
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Politics / Re: T.A. Orji: A Case Of The Worst Leading The Rest. by emindu: 6:32pm On Oct 07
T.a Orji can not be compare with any governor

Politics / Re: T.A. Orji: A Case Of The Worst Leading The Rest. by emindu: 6:28pm On Oct 07
T.a Orji is the best governor in the south east region.

Politics / Re: T.A. Orji: A Case Of The Worst Leading The Rest. by emindu: 6:23pm On Oct 07
Based on what everybody can see on the ground, Governor T.A. Orji can't be compared to former governors of the state, though Ochendo is not in competition with
anybody. He is only doing what he knows how to do in governance. People are asking what the former governor, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, did with state funds in the eight years he was in office. He built neither did any tangible projects nor did he provide viable amenities.
It has become obvious that since the creation of Abia, no past governor has performed as much as Orji. He has distinguished himself. He is the only governor that has really paid attention to important structures that will improve the state. Some of his projects include: the construction of New Government House, Workers Secretariat and the InterBefore the administration of Governor T. A. Orji, no past administration thought it wise to provide solid structures that could give the people a proper sense of belonging. Whenever the Abia State Government organized an important function that involved majority of people in the state, there was no venue that accommodated such a huge number of people except the stadium. For instance, if government wants to have a town hall meeting with the people, you cannot hold town-hall meeting at the stadium. Presently, major national conferences are seldom held here simply because there are no comfortable venues to accommodate a large number of people like you have in other state capitals such as Enugu, Port-Harcourt, Lagos, Ibadan and recently Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State Capital. When the Abia International Conference Centre is completed, many organizations both local and International, will be having their conferences, seminars and workshops here in Umuahia, including major wedding ceremonies by well-to-do people. The Umuahia International Conference Centre being built by Chief T. A. Orji is the best in the country, maybe only second to the Federal Government's International Conference Centre in Abuja. Today, the state boasts of several monumental projects that would stand as legacies of Ochendo many years after he has left office as governor of Abia. national Conference Centre.
Abia Liberation Farms have been established to employ over 1000 jobless youths. The Abia Youth Empowerment Programme of Governor Orji has impacted so much on the lives of the poor and previously aimless youths. The youths rather, than engage in crimes, are now happily and gainfully employed which makes the environment safe for everyone. On the construction and rehabilitation of roads, about 60 roads have been worked on and made motorable. After the rains, more roads will be worked on as promised by the Governor. New markets have been built to replace the existing ones that had so defaced Umuahia, the state capital. The industrial market has since taken off, the New Motor Spare Parts Market and Mechanic Village at Ohiya in the Umuahia South Local Government Area is booming with activities. The relocation of the Umuahia Main Market to its new site at Ubani Ibeku will decongest the Umuahia city-centre and make room for other developm
Politics / Re: T.A. Orji: A Case Of The Worst Leading The Rest. by emindu: 6:22pm On Oct 07
The governor have strive a lot of development since he became the governor of abia state , , and has also transformed and empowers lots of youth in the state through his youth empowerment programme , his administration has also provide adequate security and electricity in the state which have attracts investors in the state . The present government may have not and may not complete all the infrastructural challenges facing the state in the last 23 years which is enormous, but her speedy effort in the direction so far has brought tremendous changes and relief to the people of the state. If successive governments in the state have made half of the effort before now, the state would have been an El Dorado by now.
Today, the state capital, Umuahia which was a glorified village more than a decade after creation can now boast ofquality access roads, street lights, drainage channels, International Conference centres, steady power supply, New Government House, New Worker Secretariat, Diagnostic Hospital and several other ongoing and completed projects.The commercial city of Aba that has been neglected for years was not left out as the place is wearing a new look with quality access roads.
Politics / Re: Best Governor Is Theodore Orji by emindu: 10:34pm On Oct 06
Ochendo has work than any other governor in Abia state

Politics / Re: Best Governor Is Theodore Orji by emindu: 10:00pm On Oct 06
Based on what everybody can see on the ground,
Governor T.A. Orji can't be compared to former
governors of the state, though Ochendo is not in
competition with
anybody. He is only doing what he knows how to do
in governance. People are asking what the former
governor, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, did with state funds
in the eight years he was in office. He built neither
did any tangible projects nor did he provide viable
amenities.
It has become obvious that since the creation of
Abia, no past governor has performed as much as
Orji. He has distinguished himself. He is the only
governor that has really paid attention to important
structures that will improve the state. Some of his
projects include: the construction of New
Government House, Workers Secretariat and the
InterBefore the administration of Governor T. A. Orji,
no past administration thought it wise to provide
solid structures that could give the people a proper
sense of belonging. Whenever the Abia State
Government organized an important function that
involved majority of people in the state, there was
no venue that accommodated such a huge number
of people except the stadium. For instance, if
government wants to have a town hall meeting with
the people, you cannot hold town-hall meeting at
the stadium. Presently, major national conferences
are seldom held here simply because there are no
comfortable venues to accommodate a large
number of people like you have in other state
capitals such as Enugu, Port-Harcourt, Lagos, Ibadan
and recently Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State Capital.
When the Abia International Conference Centre is
completed, many organizations both local and
International, will be having their conferences,
seminars and workshops here in Umuahia, including
major wedding ceremonies by well-to-do people.
The Umuahia International Conference Centre being
built by Chief T. A. Orji is the best in the country,
maybe only second to the Federal Government's
International Conference Centre in Abuja. Today,
the state boasts of several monumental projects
that would stand as legacies of Ochendo many years
after he has left office as governor of Abia. national
Conference Centre.
Abia Liberation Farms have been established to
employ over 1000 jobless youths. The Abia Youth
Empowerment Programme of Governor Orji has
impacted so much on the lives of the poor and
previously aimless youths. The youths rather, than
engage in crimes, are now happily and gainfully
employed which makes the environment safe for
everyone. On the construction and rehabilitation of
roads, about 60 roads have been worked on and
made motorable. After the rains, more roads will be
worked on as promised by the Governor. New
markets have been built to replace the existing ones
that had so defaced Umuahia, the state capital. The
industrial market has since taken off, the New Motor
Spare Parts Market and Mechanic Village at Ohiya in
the Umuahia South Local Government Area is
booming with activities. The relocation of the
Umuahia Main Market to its new site at Ubani Ibeku
will decongest the Umuahia city-centre and make
room for other developmental projects.
Politics / Re: Best Governor Is Theodore Orji by emindu: 1:03pm On Oct 06
The governor have really done well in the state and has developed the state.

Politics / Re: Best Governor Is Theodore Orji by emindu: 1:01pm On Oct 06
The Gov has done pretty well in the area of security, Energy distribution, primary and tertiary healthcare, development of human capital through various youth empowerment Programmes, infrastructural development...New essential structures like the workers secretariat, International Conference centre, remodeling of Abia hotels to boost the hospitality and tourism industry, the new high court buildings Umuahia and Aba...the more decent court houses the more judges the more jobs, the new Abia State library headquarters to boost learning and research, the Abia State Specialist and Diagnostic Hospital commended as the best in the entire south east and south south region, the new eye and dialysis centre in Umuahia, the new industrial market Umuahia and Umuahia Modern market to boost commerce and industry also to decongest the Umuahia city centre, the new motor Spare Parts and Mechanic Village at Ohiya Umuahia to create sanity and enhance environmental decency in Umuahia city centre, the new govt house Govt house currently situated in a private and rented property. A functioning skill acquisition centre training about 5000 youths currently. A new broadcasting House (BCA) building, a new JAAC, ASUBEB and Chieftancy affairs complex in Umuahia, A newly built ministry of Justice building in Umuahia, about 250 primary health care centres across the state, partnering with World bank to build Community Social Development program projects as demanded by communities in Abia State, A new House of Assembly Administrative and constituency complex within the HOA premises. A new ASEPA building, ASEPA is currently occupying a rented building, built &commissioned the Amaokwe housing Estate in Umuahia, Isieke, Amaudo and Aso small and medium income housing estates are currently ongoing in Umuahia, massive investment in the environmental sector...Opening up drains in Aba & Umuahia, provision of refuse dump equipment & Trucks etc. The govt has built numerous rural and urban roads in Isukwuato, Ohafia, Bende Umunneochi, Umuahia, Ikwu ano, Isi ala Ngwa etc including the 17 major Aba city roads recently embarked upon...Brass, Milverton, Ngwa Road, Faulks Road, Geometric, Ama Ogbonna, etc. All these are verifiable in addition to massive investment on security of lives and property. ABSG invested over 1.5 billion to evacuate power (electricity) from the Ohiya sub power station after the federal govt built but abandoned it. Power supply has improved in Umuahia and environs leading to massive boost in the small and medium scale enterprises sector. Umuahia, the capital city doesn't get dark at night as a result of the massive investment on street light project. Remember security globally requires huge investment and for Abia State to be known currently as a safe zone, massive investment is being invested to sustain the achievement made so far on security. All these and many more doesn't stop Abia State from having her challenges as a State but the good news is that those developmental challenges are being tackled with the funds available to the State without borrowing.

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Politics / Nigeria @ 54... H.E . T.A Orji Preaches Peace And Unity by emindu: 11:34am On Oct 01
Nigeria @ 54... H.E . T.A Orji preaches peace and
unity
As Nigeria celebrates her 54 years of political
independence, Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore
Orji (CON), has sued for peace and unity among all
Nigerians despite their religious, political or ethnic
differences.
Orji who made the appeal in a press release issued
in Umuahia by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr.
Charles Ajunwa, noted that the current security
and other challenges confronting the country would
be a thing of the past "if all citizens and ethnic
nationalities, political parties and religious bodies
see Nigeria as one and indivisible entity."
The Governor noted that the result achieved in the
fight against Ebola virus was a foretaste of greater
feats that would be recorded "in the various sectors
of our national life if we remain united and tackle
our challenges as one people."
Governor Orji who commended the military and
other security agencies for the recent victories
gained in the war against insurgency, expressed
strong belief in "one and indissoluble Nigeria."
"Insecurity shall soon fizzle out if we rediscover
ourselves as one people and harness the strength
in our diversity," he said.
The governor also used the forum to call on all
members of Boko Haram to down their weapons
and embrace peace as a mark of respect for the
sacrifices of Nigeria's nationalists who fought for
independence and unity of Nigeria.
He commended President Goodluck Jonathan for
"entrenching democracy in the country through his
laudable transformation agenda which has raise
the bar of governance in Nigeria."
Governor Orji, therefore, urged Nigerians to close
ranks with the President in his bid to take Nigeria
to its manifest destiny of growth, progress and
development.
He noted that civilian administration had proved to
be the best form of government considering the
quantum of developments recorded in the country
in the last 16 years of uninterrupted democracy.
On the 2015 general elections, Orji appealed to
aspirants of various elective positions to eschew
politics of bitterness and rancour in the overall
interest of the country.
He assured Abians that none of the legacy projects
initiated by his administration would be
abandoned, expressing confidence that his
successor would consolidate on the solid
foundations already laid by him.
http://www.abiastate.gov.ng/news/nigeria-54-h-e-t-
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Politics / Nigeria @ 54... H.E . T.A Orji Preaches Peace And Unity by emindu: 11:11am On Oct 01
As Nigeria celebrates her 54 years of political
independence, Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore
Orji (CON), has sued for peace and unity among all
Nigerians despite their religious, political or ethnic
differences.
Orji who made the appeal in a press release issued
in Umuahia by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr.
Charles Ajunwa, noted that the current security
and other challenges confronting the country would
be a thing of the past "if all citizens and ethnic
nationalities, political parties and religious bodies
see Nigeria as one and indivisible entity."
The Governor noted that the result achieved in the
fight against Ebola virus was a foretaste of greater
feats that would be recorded "in the various sectors
of our national life if we remain united and tackle
our challenges as one people."
Governor Orji who commended the military and
other security agencies for the recent victories
gained in the war against insurgency, expressed
strong belief in "one and indissoluble Nigeria."
"Insecurity shall soon fizzle out if we rediscover
ourselves as one people and harness the strength
in our diversity," he said.
The governor also used the forum to call on all
members of Boko Haram to down their weapons
and embrace peace as a mark of respect for the
sacrifices of Nigeria's nationalists who fought for
independence and unity of Nigeria.
He commended President Goodluck Jonathan for
"entrenching democracy in the country through his
laudable transformation agenda which has raise
the bar of governance in Nigeria."
Governor Orji, therefore, urged Nigerians to close
ranks with the President in his bid to take Nigeria
to its manifest destiny of growth, progress and
development.
He noted that civilian administration had proved to
be the best form of government considering the
quantum of developments recorded in the country
in the last 16 years of uninterrupted democracy.
On the 2015 general elections, Orji appealed to
aspirants of various elective positions to eschew
politics of bitterness and rancour in the overall
interest of the country.
He assured Abians that none of the legacy projects
initiated by his administration would be
abandoned, expressing confidence that his
successor would consolidate on the solid
foundations already laid by him.
http://www.abiastate.gov.ng/news/nigeria-54-h-e-t-
a-orji-preaches-peace-and-unitynigeria-54-gov-orji-
preaches-peace-unity-as-nigeria-celebrates-her-54-
years-of-political-independence-abia-state-gover
nor-chief-theodore-orji/

Politics / Picture Of President GEJ And T.A Orji During The Award Presentation In Abuja by emindu: 12:08pm On Sep 30
Congratulations to our Amiable governor of Abia state you deserved it joooor. Ten gbooooooooosa to all the Abians

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Politics / National Honour Award And Orji by emindu: 1:13pm On Sep 29
TODAY September 29, some Nigerians will be conferred with the National Honour Award by President Goodluck Jonathan at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. Among the awardees are President Jonathan’s steward, a taxi driver, a traffic warden and the Abia State governor, Chief Theodore Orji.
In the recent past many have criticised the criteria for the selection of the awardees, while others believe that it is in order considering that it is a standard practice globally.
Beside, it is a known fact that Nigeria is a fertile ground for undue armchair criticisms, especially when it involves the Presidency and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. One remarkable thing about this year’s list of awardees is that it is all encompassing and qualitative given the men and women of integrity on parade.
For some of the awardees, the award is long overdue, considering their track records in public service and the private sector over the years. But many believe that the award is better late than never as it is obvious that these awardees waited patiently to be fished out, instead of pushing for the recognition.
For instance, Chief Theodore Orji, before becoming the governor of Abia State in 2007 had paid his dues in the public service as a seasoned administrator. He is reputed to have distinguished himself while serving with the National Electoral Commission, NECON(now the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC), with the positive impact he made said to have remained a reference point in the Commission till date.
After his graduation from the prestigious University of Ibadan in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language, Gov. Orji opted for civil service job, instead of the white collar job that was in vogue then. His over two decades career in the service is remarkable or its unblemished record.
On assuming office as governor in 2007, his government was faced with enormous infrastructural, political and social challenges. But he was undeterred by the enormity of the challenges. Despite initial political interferences and stumbling blocks orchestrated by his predecessor, Gov. Orji trudged on till the state was liberated from a godfather who was holding sway then. Since then, Orji’s government has been in a hurry to regain lost ground.
Every sector of the state economy is receiving steadily government’s attention. Several road projects have been completed, while others are ongoing. The New Umuahia known as Ogurube Layout is now a huge construction site. At the site is a completed workers Secretariat, a five-star international conference centre nearing completion.
Also adjacent to it is a new modern Government House and several other edifices. Also at Ubani Ibeku is a modern market of international standard with all the needed facilities. The State that was at a time under the siege of kidnappers is today one of the most secured and peaceful state in the country.
The commercial city of Aba for the first time since 1999 has witnessed government’s intervention in road rehabilitation, security and waste disposal. The education sector has also been doing well with the State emerging as the second overall best in the country in WAEC results in the last two years.
In recognition of his loyalty, humility and commitment to good governance, Governor Orji was appointed the South East Caucus Leader of the PDP. He is also today the Chairman, South East Governors Forum. Since assuming these positions, Gov. Orji has repositioned the party in the zone ahead of the 2015 polls. He has taken the zone to the mainstream politics that is favourable for the zone. In the just concluded National Conference, Gov. Orji rallied his colleagues to support and spur delegates from the zone to canvass for issues of national interest that will address the zone’s political problems. That is how it was agreed at the Conference that one additional state should be created out of the zone.
Particularly remarkable is the fact that his government has not borrowed money from any financial institution to finance the numerous projects he has executed.
So the National Honour Award on him can only be regarded as befitting and well-deserved. The award also rubbishes the current campaign of falsehood being propagated against him by his ahead the 2015 polls. The award is an indication that falsehood, no matter how contrived, cannot triumph over fact. With the award, Gov. Orji’s government and people of the State have been vindicated.
- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/09/national-honour-award-orji/#sthash.vhygK2in.dpuf
Politics / Gov.t.a Orji Challenge OUK To An Open Debate ,essay Writing by emindu: 10:54am On Sep 29
The governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji, has challenged the former governor of the state, Orji Uzor Kalu, to a full blown debate after which they will go for essay writing to tell the people of the state and the country what they have done for their people while in office.
The challenge was thrown to the former governor by the Special Adviser to Governor Orji on politics, Chief Amah Abraham Nnanna, in Umuahia in a chat. The governor’s aide said the media war declared against the governor by the former governor needs to be addressed once and for all.
Nnanna, who served Kalu some years ago in the same capacity, said there is no basis for comparison between the two, stressing that the things the present governor has done are there for all to see while the former governor has nothing to show for the eight years he was in charge.
He explained that after the oral television debate, the two political leaders would also go for an essay where they will put down their achievements for posterity, adding that written documents would serve as a reference point for the future generation.
The political adviser said from the last administration to the present, there are many differences like politicians in the state are now one united family unlike before when there were Abuja-based politicians and home based ones.
“Before now, there was acrimony within the politics of the state so much so that if you talk to an Abia politician based in Abuja who we used to call Talibans, you stand the chance of losing your appointment, but now it is no longer so.”
On those who want to take over from the incumbent governor, Amah said all the governorship aspirants in the state have been busy sharing money, without letting the electorate know what they will do as governor.
He maintained that the aspirants have not learnt anything from the present governor. “All they do is to tell their people they are the best person to be the next governor, after which they will drop N5 million for the people, we have gone above this type of politics.”http://www.cknnigeria.com/2014/09/gov-t-orji-challange-orji-kalu-to-open.html
Politics / Uzor Kalu (OUK) Took Us To Shrine Before And Doing Our Appointments... by emindu: 3:05pm On Sep 15
Politics / Abia Govt. Partner AFDB On Development Projects. by emindu: 2:55pm On Sep 15
The African Development Bank (AFDB) has entered into an integrated project partnership with Abia State Government to tackle rural roads, erosion menace and waste management in the two Abia cities of Umuahia and Aba .
The Country Representative of the bank, Dr.Usmane Dore, stated this during the bank's preliminary visit to the state to see things.
He pledged the bank's partnership to the state, pointing out that Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, was one of the first governor's to reach out to the bank for assistance.
According to him, the AFDB has a tradition of partnering with states adding that rural roads in the two cities will be strategically rehabilitated and updated.
To that end, he said that the bank’s rapid assessment team has been sent to the state for assessment and implored the state to cooperate with the team to fast track the project.
Receiving the team led by the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Governor Orji assured that the state will cooperate with the bank as it is ready to abide by the rules as well as contribute its quota to the project.
He stated that the perennial problem of rural roads , erosion and waste management has continued to plague Aba despite the huge sums of money being sunk into the city by the state government to address the problems.
The Governor said there was need for an external body like the AFDDB to assist the state as the problems were beyond its scope and thanked the federal government for the interest it has shown to Abia State.
Earlier, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating minister of the Economy, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala said the the objective of the visit is that the ADB has agreed to work with Abia State and bring some more benefits, maintaining that it is designed to cement the Governor's legacies in the state
According to her, President Goodluck Jonathan is desirous to work with states to make things better.

Politics / Gov. T.A Orji And The State Fund by emindu: 2:29pm On Sep 13
Happy morning beautiful people! kindly pick a copy of today's Vanguard Newspapers. What you will find today might interest you, simply be the Judge. We have entered the era of vindication for the Team Legacy Projects. Seeing is Believing! —

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