Abia State Governor Dr Okezie lkpeazu has expressed the State Government’s willingness to embrace and key into the Federal Government Medium Term National Development Plan 2021-2025 aimed at engendering private sector growth hinged on job creation and poverty reduction.
Dr lkpeazu who stated this while declaring open a two day South East Zona Technical Workshop on Medium Term National Development Plan 2021-2025 held at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia said the present administration is committed to exploring every ingenuity to ensure that her resources are efficiently and effectively harnessed to upgrade the public faculties in all parts of the State.
The Governor represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu pointed out that the five cardinal pillars of Agriculture, Education, Commerce/Industry, Health, Oil and Gas with their institutional and infrastructural enablers are in tandem with the priority areas of the MTNDP 2021-2025 of the Federal Government with emphasis on non oil revenue and diversification of the economy.
He expressed optimism that the Abia Long Term Development Plan will serve as a guide to all participants at the workshop and charged them to brace up to the new challenge of economic diversification for the common good of all as they interact, brainstorm and make contributions as critical stakeholders in the implementation process of the laudable national policy.
The State Chief Executive said it is expected that the outcome of the Zonal workshop will enable Governments in the South East Geopolitical Zone to key into the policy and accordingly ensure effective implementation and commend organizers and sponsors for choosing Abia as venue for the workshop.
In her address, the Permanent Secretary and Executive Secretary Abia State Planning Commission, Dr Nnenna Chikezie noted that their contributions will accelerate economic and infrastructural development of the South East Zone within the implementation period of the Medium Term Development and urged them to pay attention in the draft that will bring sustainable development to the region and improve the livelihood of the people.
The Technical Workshop which featured presentation of goodwill messages from representatives of People living with Disability, Chambers of Commerce, Non Governmental Organizations and Civil Societies, Traditional Rulers and other stakeholders as well as question and answer sessions attracted the presence of the Deputy Chief of Staff Office of the Deputy Governor Sir Don Ubani, the State Head of Service, Sir Onyi Wamah, Body of Permanent Secretaries top Government Officials, Traditional Rulers and other notable personalities.