ABIA State Advisory Council has expressed satisfaction with the level of development in the state as activities marking the celebration of the 29th anniversary of the creation of Abia start.
On Thursday, the Council appealed to the state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, to prevail on the House of Assembly to pass the Abia Charter of Equity into law to enable the people cement the spirit of brotherhood as enshrined by the founding fathers.
Deputy Chairman (Administration) of the Council, Chikezie Wachuku, told newsmen that Abia had attained “reasonable level of infrastructural development” against the background that the state had no take-off grant at inception.
Wachuku said that the Council was grateful to all who had piloted the affairs of the state for their contributions to the development of the state.
He said: “When Abia was created, we did not have what economists call seed money. We started with nothing and this is the only state in Nigeria that started with nothing when it was created.
“So we appreciate our governors and their supporters for what they have done so far.”
He said that, “there has been reasonable level of infrastructural development in Abia.”
According to him, it was the intention of the founding fathers to erase the fear of domination and ensure rotation of power with the Abia Charter of Equity in place.
He bemoaned the fact that efforts to get the document legalized have not been successful, noting that what is on ground now may only be called a moral law.
Wachuku said that the philosophy behind the creation of Abia was brotherhood and that the philosophy should propel all Abians to strive for excellence in their endeavours, adding, “we shouldn’t be the last in anything we do; we should encourage ourselves in everything we do, we should achieve the best.”
“At this occasion, the Chairman is asking the people of Abia and is taking this opportunity to encourage the children of Abia not to do anything that will destabilize the state.”