An illustrious son of Ohuhu land, Chief Raymond Ofoegbu, has called on Abians to contribute their quota to the development of the state, rather than wait for the government for everything.
In an interview with the press on the occasion of Abia State anniversary, Chief Ofoegbu stated that Abians should change their mentality from over dependance on the government, and concentrate more on what they will do for their state.
Ofoegbu stated that Abia is growing even though not rapidly. According to him, Africa as a continent is not growing rapidly as well as Nigeria, adding that Abia is not an exception.
Chief Ofoegbu said Abians need to be patient with their leaders and shift their thinking away from ‘what the government will do for them, but focus more on what they can do for the state and community’.
“Until this mentality is changed, development will still be on a slow pace.You dont need to have big money to contribute your own quota, you can start small”, he said.
Ofoegbu, however, prayed that the state gets better before it clocks 40 years. He commended the efforts of the Governor of the state, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, towards the state’s development, stating that there is room for more development.
The Vice Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture (MOUAU), Prof Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, said 30 years of state creation is a milestone for the state, stressing that a lot of development has been recorded in Abia, but prayed that the leaders make more efforts that are visible, so as to encourage everyone to support the government.
The Vice Chancellor, who commended the government for the relative peace enjoyed in the state, prayed that it continues.
He advised the governor to make more visible efforts that would show that the state is growing, urging the youth to also love the state, so that they can make selfless contributions to the development of the state.
A senior citizen of the state, Elder James Nwokocha, stated that in terms of governance, Abians have done well; he called on Abians to be grateful to God, that Abia would record more feats by its 31st anniversary.
The President General of Abia State Town Union Lagos, Prince Ejituru Ikenga, said at 30 years, Abia has not perished, therefore, there is need to celebrate.
He said no state or country develops at the same pace, stating that the present administration under Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has made laudable contribution to the development of the state.