As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Abia State, we should once again use the opportunity to recognize both our achievements and the challenges we face as a state and a society. Abia, as God’s own state, can never and must never rest on past accomplishments. To create an even better state, we must always critically evaluate how and where we can do better.
Let us embrace the most important reality in celebrating this anniversary; that Abia is the center of “Made in Nigeria” today. Regardless of where we might live on the globe, we should recognize that Abia’s growth and development is a source of pride that deserves to be celebrated by each and every citizen at home or abroad. To come from Abia in today’s world requires a sense of connection to our state, and although you might still be abroad, you share that same destiny of both loss and achievement that define our State. Perhaps more so than ever, the linkages between Abia state and the Diaspora have become increasingly important, and we need to find ways to enhance the communication between our communities. We all have a shared responsibility to advance this conversation in a respectful and productive manner. The government of Abia must continue to engage the Diaspora, and view Diasporans as positive change agents in the development of the state. It has been established that what Diasporans send to Nigeria every year is more than the revenue from oil sales. Our biggest asset is surely our human resources and we should capitalize on it. Abia Diasporans must embrace the reality that your actions and opinions matter not just in New York, London, Sydney, Johannesburg, Moscow or wherever you find yourselves. We should lay claim to our beloved state and help develop it. We have to be part of the solution, not just critics. The passage and signing of the Abians in Diaspora Commission bill this year has given the Abians the extra oomph needed to be a full part of the development of the state , let’s make it count .
The government of Abia through the innovativeness of our Governor, Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu has made significant improvements in all sectors of the state ranging from Health, Education, Agriculture, SME to General Investments and infrastructure. The “Made in Aba” initiative, which our Governor has championed from Day one, has seen tremendous growth and the pride and ingenuity of the Enyimba City is evident again. For these improvements and achievements to continue, solidarity and support from all especially Diasporans will be critical. You are definitely needed at home!
Abia should be celebrated and commemorated both here in the state and all over the globe with joy, and awareness of the challenges we still face. We must also acknowledge and thank God for sustaining and keeping the state peaceful for 30 years.
Let’s join hands to help grow our state!
Happy birthday Abia State!
Happy celebrations, God’s own State!
Long live Governor Okezie Ikpeazu!
Long live Abia State!
Long live Nigeria!
Dr (Mrs.) Ngozi Ogbonna-Erondu
Ag. Executive Secretary & CEO
Abia State Diaspora Commission ( ADCOM)