Abia Has The Lowest Unemployment Rate In Nigeria Under Ikpeazu – Abraham Amah
As Nigerians gets ready to participate in the 2023 general elections for power transition, Abia State has been described as one with the lowest level of unemployment and underemployment in Nigeria under the administration of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.
This was opined by Elder Abraham Amah, Abia PDP Vice Chairman/Acting State Publicity Secretary on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 during a press briefing in Umuahia the state’s capital.
According to Amah, governor Okezie was able to reduce unemployment and underemployment in Abia State by investing in education, youth empowerment and Small and Medium Size Enterprises.
“The combined results of investment in education and youth empowerment under Governor Ikpeazu produced an Abia with one of the lowest levels of unemployment and underemployment in the federation and this is not surprising given that Abia had consistently won accolades as the SME centre of Nigeria under the watch of Dr. Ikpeazu” Abraham Amah said.
Other areas which Amah mentioned that Governor Ikpeazu has performed well include; security, health, power, infrastructure, economy, among others.
He also stated that Ikpeazu’s administration has reduced monetary poverty in the state and Abians are better off than they were before the emergence of Ikpeazu as governor of the state.
The press release read in parts;
In the last seven years, the PDP-led government of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, in concert with other arms of government deepened good governance in Abia by formulating and implementing policies in the key sectors of Abia’s socio-economic life notably; security, health, education, power, economy and infrastructure and the results are showing clearly going by results from different rating agencies as the NBS.
In the area of security, Abia has been judged as one of the five most peaceful States in Nigeria and the most peaceful in the South East despite the high level of insecurity that has enveloped the entire country. It is to Dr. Ikpeazu’s credit that there has not been a single case of political assassination in Abia State in the last seven years even as members of the opposition have always exercised their rights to freedom of expression and association without molestation.
In the health sector, the latest NBS MPI report, showed that the Abia government reduced the time to health of Abians by shortening the response time and increasing access to healthcare in by providing critical health infrastructure and facilities within the reach of Abians. Some of the facilities include the Abia Children’s Hospital in Umuahia, the Molecular and Infectious Diseases Laboratory at Aba, the Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory, Amachara and the free delivery package for pregnant women that use government facilities among others.
The Aba business clusters have never had it so good, what with the provision of steady power supply in the Aba area by the Geometric Power Ltd following the power agreement signed with the Abia government. Similarly, the PDP-led government contributed to the ease of doing business in Aba and Abia as a result of massive road construction in different parts of the State and the Osisioma Interchange that eliminated the perennial traffic jam that was a nightmare to businessmen and other road users.
Overall, Abians are better off today, many thanks to the untiring efforts of our strong-willed governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu who reduced the level of monetary poverty of Abians to second to the least in the federation after Ondo and far ahead of Lagos and other States with huge financial receipts from both the federation account and other revenue sources.