As part of the activities to mark the 30th creation anniversary of Abia State on August 27, 1991 under the military administration of Retired Major General Ibrahim Badamosi Babaginda, a special church thanksgiving service was held on Saturday at the seventh-day Adventist Church Abia North-central conference (ABNC), in Umuahia North Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking at the special service, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu reaffirmed the determination of his administration to transform the infrastructural architecture of Umuahia, Aba and environs to one of the best among the comity of States.
Ikpeazu represented by his Deputy, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, thanked God for his faithfulness and mercies over the years, especially during the dreaded years that kidnapping and other criminalities made the State to be deserted by prominent businessmen and women as well as discouraged investors to abandon the State and stall development.
The Abia Chief Executive stressed that God’s faithfulness also saw the State through the ravaging effects of COVID-19, End SARS protests, violent disturbances including the Unknown Gunmen phenomenon among other things, and urged the Church not to relent in their prayers for the State.
Governor Ikpeazu also lauded Abia founding fathers for their efforts that led to the creation of the State and assured that his administration will not relent in taking the State to greater heights.
In his sermon titled, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”, the President, Eastern Niger Union Conference, Pastor Bassey Udoh noted that God’s Faithfulness and Mercy kept the State intact and peaceful these past 30 years despite the ravaging effects of COVID-19, insecurity and other issues including the harsh economic realities that have turned many other states and countries into flashpoints of horrible stories.
Pastor Udoh further used the Service to extol the Governor Okezie lkpeazu-led administration for governing with the fear of God by touching all the nooks and crannies of the State with developmental projects, praying God to continue to bless Abia to remain one of the best and most peaceful states in the country.
BBNAIJA ONLINE” reports that the thanksgiving service featured special prayers for the Governor Okezie lkpeazu’s administration as well as the peace and progress of the State.
The event attracted the presence of the Wife of the Governor, Mrs Nkechi lkpeazu, top government officials, local government chairmen, elder statesmen, traditional rulers and other distinguished personalities.