Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, has sent a warm message of congratulations to Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah, OON, on his nomination as Minister by President Muhammadu Buhari and his subsequent successful screening by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Governor Ikpeazu described Dr Ogah as “a worthy and successful son of Abia State with a deep passion for public service” and expressed his profound joy and that of the people of Abia State on his emergence as a Minister Designate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
According to the Governor, “There comes a time when primordial political considerations must give way for deliberate and concerted efforts geared towards the collective good of our people. This is such a time. As the sole representative designate of the people of Abia State at the Federal Executive Council; statesmanship, good conscience and love for our people demand that we forge a strategic collaboration that will benefit the generality of the people of Abia State irrespective of political affiliations”.
Governor Ikpeazu who stated that he followed the screening process with keen interest, also thanked the three Senators from Abia State for working harmoniously to ensure that the process of Ogah’s confirmation by the Senate was seamless and devoid of any rancor from home, describing it as a clear example of the Abia Spirit of Unity.
Ikpeazu recalled with deep pride, the sterling performances of the last two Federal Ministers from the State, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala and Dr Okechukwu Enelamah, who brought pride to our State by using their exalted positions at the Federal Cabinet to drive the cause of the development of Abia State, in addition to their primary assignments, and expressed confidence that Ogah will follow that same path, for the overall benefit of our people.
In the words of Ikpeazu, “I am confident that whichever portfolio it pleases the President to assign to you, you will bring to bear on the assignment, your years of experience in the corporate and business sectors of our economy”. He urged him to see this opportunity as a platform to serve our country and help bring to the front burner at the Federal Cabinet, issues affecting Abia State, especially the state of federal infrastructure in the state.
Ikpeazu assured the Honourable Minister designate of the cooperation and support of the entire paraphernalia of the Government of Abia State under his leadership, and the prayers of our people in his new assignment.
“Let me therefore end by wishing you, my dear brother, my friend and Honourable Minister Designate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on behalf of my family, Government and the entire people of Abia State, good health, sound mind and an excellent spirit as you prepare for this great national assignment, and I pray the good Lord to bless you and your family”. Ikpeazu said in a press release signed by Onyebuchi Ememanka, Esq, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.