Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has described the Nigerian Army as one of the most fundamental institutions of our National Unity and assured that Abia State would remain a partner in progress in ensuring that it succeeds in its efforts to securing the people and territorial integrity of the nation.
Governor Ikpeazu gave the assurance while receving in audience a delegation of the acting General Officer Commanding, 82 Division of the Nigeria Army, Brigadier General L A Adeboye. He said his administration would do everything within its powers to sustain its support to the military. According to the Governor, trade and commerce which is a key part of the focus of his government cannot thrive without adequate security and good road, hence his administration has ensured good relationship between it and security agencies in Abia State.
The State chief executive disclosed that the greatest challenges in the South East are kidnapping, armed robbery and cult acitivities that just crept in. Governor Ikpeazu said that proliferation of small arms is an oxygen that fuels crime in Nigeria and called on the military to curb it.
The Governor who commended the Chief of Army Staff and his men for their gallantry in fighting insecurity in Nigeria and ensure unity in Nigeria, also lauded the 14 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Ohafia for her coorperation with the State government. He said Abia people and residents are confident in the military and would continue to collaborate with her.
Speaking earlier, the acting General Officer Commanding, 82 Division, Brigadier General Laziz Adeboye said his visit is part of the familiarization tour in line with the custom of the military to visit States within its jurisdiction as a newly appointed G.O.C.
He commended Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for his numerous assistance to the Nigeria Army and assured him that the Army would continue to collaborate with the State to achieve its goal.
Deputy Governor Ude Oko Chukwu, Secretary to Government, Barrister Chris Ezem, Honorable Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Ukpai Agwu, Permanent Secretaries and other top officials of the State Government were part of the ceremony.
Onyebuchi Ememanka, Esq
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
3rd October 2019.