Abia Govt Determined To Reclaim Illegally Privatized Assets

...Also Sets To Revive Moribund Industries



Abia State Government says recovery of public lands and assets converted to private use in Aba and other parts of the State is to be enforced soon.

Commissioner for Information and Culture, Prince Okey Kanu made this public while briefing Newsmen at the Government House, Umuahia on the outcome of this week’s Executive Council meeting presided over by the Executive Governor, Dr Alex Otti. He said that the Abia State Government is committed to recovering all her assets illegally converted by individuals and groups and will not leave any stone unturned in realizing the objective.

Prince Kanu disclosed that in the coming days, Government will also begin the enforcement of ban on Street trading in Aba and other cities.
According to him, the ban on Street trading will elongate the life of the newly constructed roads and ease traffic on the roads.

The Information boss revealed that the State Government has secured approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria to commence a Nursing and Midwifery programme.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria granted the approval for the Abia State Ministry of Health to commence the training of Nurses and Midwives that would work in remote vulnerable community health facilities across the state.
Prince Kanu praised the present administration’s handling of the recently released nursing exams,
adding that there were no reported cases of missing names or bribery issues as experienced in the past.
He stated that the present government is committed to conducting fair exams and providing opportunities to those who excel on merit.
The Commissioner said that by the approval, Abia State can now increase its yearly number of Nurses and Midwives to attend to the health needs of Abians.

Prince Kanu also announced that plans are on the way to provide financial support to those affected by the Ovom flooding disaster even as he announced that measures are being put in place to bring a lasting solution to the erosion menace around Ovom and other places in Aba.

Throwing more light in the health sector of the State, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Ngozi Okoronkwo said that the approval granted the State by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria will help the State increase manpower in the health sector while efforts would be made to get neccessary legislative backings to convert the programme to Abia State College of Nursing and Midwifery.

Dr Okoronkwo also noted that Abia has been included among the six states to participate in the first phase of the health programne under the Centre for Disease Control which will provide Abia the leverage to benefit from so many health packages of the Federal government.
Also, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Trade, Commerce and Industry, Chief Nwaka Inem said that the Vision of the administration of Governor Alex Otti is to return the State to the glorious era of industrialization by bringing back to life over 40 moribund industries in the State.
Chief Nwaka Inem also said that plans are on to identify and revive dying industries in every part of the State, disclosing that government’s plan is to reduce the rate of unemployment and crime by reviving moribund industries and encourage the birth of new ones through favorable business policies.