Senate spokesman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has declared that Abia State, particularly Aba, is strategic in industrial development of Nigeria. Abaribe also said that it required a clear headed personality to sustain the legacy projects by Governor Theophilus Orji.
The senator, who is aspiring to govern the state come 2015, made the declaration in Aba, in continuation of his state-wide consultation ahead of his formal declaration.
Addressing supporters and stakeholders in Abia South Senatorial District at the weekend, Abaribe said that Abia State was strategically located at a triangle that would attract investors.
He added that the entrepreneurial spirit and industry of the people of Abia would complement the effort of government, adding that what was needed was to create the enabling environment.
“Aba is the best place in Nigeria in terms of manufacturing and trading. The made in Aba trade fair that was held in Abuja sometime last year not only exposed the ingenuity of the people, but also attest to the fact that Abia state is a veritable platform to pilot Nigeria’s industrial revolution,” he said.
Abaribe, however, lamented the poor allocation to the state and even its low position in the hierarchy of NDDC states, saying that it was an unfortunate situation that had tied the hands of government in the state.
On the legacy projects, Abaribe said the state governor had laid a solid foundation, which the people would soon appreciate, but declared that if given the mandate he would build on the already laid foundation.
Chief Isaac Ogbonna who spoke for Obi Ngwa Local Government said the verdict by the people that Abaribe was the best choice for the governorship was overwhelming and could not be faulted by any citizen. Chief Isreal Nwahunanya, a member of the state exco who spoke on behalf of Ukwa East LG, extolled Abaribe’s qualities and expressed the zones support for his aspirations.