My Social Covenant with Abians: The Anchors

We will transform Abia state to a destination where rule of law, and independence of the arms of government, will be intentionally nurtured to ensure effective checks and balances.

To achieve this, we will:

• Provide the necessary physical and soft infrastructure that will enable the judiciary to leverage technology in dispensing timely justice to the people.
• Decongest the courts by supporting the judiciary in harnessing the opportunities for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms for commercial and other minor cases.
• Work with other arms of government to introduce enabling laws that will enhance efficiency and speedy dispensation of justice.

We are committed to revitalizing the Local Government Areas (LGAs). Designed to be the closest level of government to the people, LGAs play a crucial role in service delivery. However, we haven’t fully achieved this vision due to past challenges. To address this, we will:

  • Restructure the Abia State Independent Electoral Commission to ensure it functions independently, conducting free, fair, and credible LGA elections.
  • Work towards timely LGA elections, giving our communities the opportunity to choose their leaders.
  • Guarantee the autonomy of LGAs, as enshrined in the law.
  • Establish a strong partnership framework to collaborate with LGAs on crucial areas like community development, empowering women and youth, enhancing healthcare and education in rural areas, and addressing other critical needs.
  • Partner with LGAs to access funding and grants from international development organizations to support various projects across our communities.
  • Collaborate with LGAs to increase internet penetration and establish broadband infrastructure in communities. This will empower young people to take advantage of the digital economy, right from their hometowns.

By working together, we can ensure that LGAs function effectively and serve the needs of our people.

Difficulties with our current land administration system discourage investment and allow fraud. We will solve this problem by digitizing operations for global best practices. This means:

  • Streamlining land acquisition so investors get all the information they need, limiting fraud.
  • Ensuring authentic property transfers happen in 72 hours.
  • Guaranteeing full remittance of government fees on land transactions.
  • Creating real-time updates of all land administration data.
  • Enacting and implementing effective land-related laws.
  • Creating a land administration model that attracts rapid investment, including real estate development.
  • Enabling property owners to unlock funding from financial institutions.

We understand the important role of town unions and community development associations as partners for implementing our programs. To harness this partnership, we will work with their leadership to:

  • Build infrastructure within communities based on their specific needs.
  • Develop economic projects that create jobs, boost local wealth, and utilize our own resources.
  • Establish welfare programs to support our elderly and most vulnerable citizens.
  • Create clear communication channels about government policies and programs.
  • Revive our culture and tourism with community sports and cultural festivals.
  • Use counterpart funding to encourage community-driven development projects.
  • Partner with internet and telecom providers to expand their reach into our communities, giving our youth access to the tools of the digital economy.


We plan to achieve an integrated economic development that leverage on our extensive human and material resources to build a robust, resilient, and transformational economy. Our administration shall adopt programmes and policies intentioned to reward partnerships that would enable the rapid and integrated development of our economy, to create wealth for entrepreneurs and businesses, generate employment and make the state a leading investment destination across all major business interests. 

It is our target to see development across multiple sectors so as to create new opportunities for various demographic groups in all economic segments. We will anchor our economic plan on the enduring Specific action, Measurable impacts, Attainable goals, Relevant outcomes and Time- specific results (SMART) principle. We will use the following as the foundation of our drive towards economic development program for maximum impact – Industrialisation, Aba, Transportation, Power, Agriculture, Solid Minerals, Technology, Entertainment, Tourism and Hospitality


Not too long ago, Abia State was littered with industries, that not only provided jobs for the youths, but made handsome contributions to the IGR of the state and other social responsibilities. There was the A b a Textile Mills, PZ, Lever Brothers, Nigerian Breweries, International Equitable Association of Nigeria, International Glass Industry, The Metallurgical Plant, Modern Ceramics Industry, Golden Chicken and the Abia Palm, to mention but a few. Our checks show that all these industries have either folded up or voted with their feet. Our plan is to bring back those that can be brought back and set up new ones, with the private sector management.


We’ll revitalize Aba as a thriving industrial and commercial hub by:

  • Establishing a dedicated Ministry for Aba to oversee its economic rejuvenation.
  • Investing in holistic infrastructure for modern business, living, and leisure within Aba.
  • Creating industrial clusters with both public and private funding, fostering collaboration, and lowering production costs.
  • Incubating 1,000 new SMEs annually within the Aba industrial corridor.
  • Facilitating Public-Private Partnerships for strategic industries like textiles and manufacturing.
  • Building state-of-the-art factories to leverage AfCFTA opportunities, including a new Aba Textile Mill for increased employment.
  • Implementing skills programs for Aba entrepreneurs, emphasizing tech for improved quality and productivity.
  • Attracting innovative investors by improving the ease of doing business.
  • Modernizing existing markets with fire services, waste disposal, security, and other essential amenities.
  • Seeking tax-free zones and integrated tax systems for industrial clusters.
  • Partnering with business schools to mentor Aba traders for e-commerce readiness.
  • Creating a dedicated trade department to streamline overseas partnerships, emphasizing standards, documentation, and legal support.

These actions will position Aba as a model for Nigerian and African markets.


Our roads are in desperate need of repair. I’ll lead my team to:

  • Revamp road master plans for Aba and Umuahia, aligning with current needs.
  • Partner with the private sector for modern road design and construction, including rehabilitation of existing roads.
  • Implement strict contractor standards to guarantee quality work and equip supervising offices with modern tools.
  • Improve inter and intra-community road links in a phased approach.
  • Enforce traffic rules for increased road safety.
  • Collaborate with experts to develop durable, context-specific road designs.
  • Mandate 5-year maintenance clauses in all road construction contracts.
  • Empower communities to take ownership of local roads and infrastructure.

Additionally, for seamless transport we will:

  • Modernize government-approved motor parks for the comfort of drivers, workers, and travelers.
  • Restrict passenger loading to designated parks for safety and traffic control.
  • Provide emergency highway assistance with ambulances and support for accident victims.
  • Explore Public-Private Partnerships to build a light rail system connecting Ukwa, Aba, Umuahia, Bende, Ohafia, and Arochukwu, with a spur to Isuikwuato and Umunneochi.


Our priority is fueling a robust industrial ecosystem.  Building on my previous contributions to the Geometric Power Project, we’ll expand power coverage across the state to support businesses in designated hubs like Aba, Umuahia, and Ohafia. Our strategy involves:

  • Partnering with the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company for improved power supply across the state.
  • Collaborating with the Federal Government on gas programs for reliable electricity generation.
  • Exploring and supporting renewable energy investments for homes and industries, aligning with global clean energy goals.
  • Partnering with the private sector to tap into the potential of gas processing in the Ukwa oil and gas belt, leveraging gas as a key transition energy source.


Recognizing that current agricultural practices limit job creation and poverty reduction, we are committed to a comprehensive plan for sustainable and profitable agriculture in Abia. While mechanized farming is crucial for economic growth and food security, our focus goes beyond, aiming to unlock the potential of the entire agricultural value chain. This plan prioritizes job creation, value addition, and improved access to markets and financing.

Here’s how we’ll achieve this:

  • Modernization: While supporting mechanized farming, we’ll prioritize the value chain – processing, packaging, and exporting – to create jobs beyond the farm.
  • Value Creation: We’ll establish frameworks for efficient agro-processing, storage, and packaging to increase product value.
  • Cluster Farming: We’ll create cluster farms across the state, focusing on comparative advantages and providing credit to these cooperatives.
  • Marketing Support: Marketing boards will ensure minimum returns for farmers and facilitate local and international sales of processed products.
  • Industrial Linkages: We’ll develop industries that utilize agricultural produce, reducing waste and fostering economic growth.
  • Financial Partnerships: We’ll collaborate with institutions like NIRSAL and the World Bank to expand access to financing for farmers.
  • Improved Inputs: We’ll source high-quality seeds, fertilizers, and other inputs to boost yields and productivity.

This multi-pronged approach will transform Abia’s agriculture sector, creating jobs, boosting incomes, and ensuring food security for all.


Our vision is to position Abia State as the leading technology and digital hub in Africa. To achieve this ambitious goal, we’ll invest heavily in infrastructure, skills development, and fostering a supportive environment for tech entrepreneurship. Here’s our plan:

Empowering Youth Through Technology:

  • Technology Institute: Establish a world-class technology institute capable of training 10,000 youths annually in in-demand digital skills, enabling them to earn globally competitive incomes while living in Nigeria. We’ll partner with tech giants of Abia origin for funding, resources, and expertise.
  • Post-Training Support: Create a dedicated government department to provide mentorship and support for graduates, helping them launch successful startups or secure rewarding industry placements.
  • Venture Capital Funding: Fund tech startups through venture capital programs, offering grants or partnerships to provide essential start-up capital.
  • Broadband Expansion: Collaborate with ISPs and Telcos to roll out robust 4G+ broadband infrastructure across the state, enabling a thriving ICT-driven enterprise ecosystem.
  • International Partnerships: Partner with global academies to offer cutting-edge ICT engineering and emerging technology training, equipping our youth for the jobs of the future.

This comprehensive plan will transform Abia’s economy, creating jobs, fostering innovation, and driving sustainable growth fueled by the digital revolution.


We’ll revitalize Abia’s entertainment legacy, transforming it into a safe and attractive destination for leisure and tourism. Our plan includes:

  • World-Class Entertainment Village: Building a state-of-the-art entertainment village in Isiala Ngwa North, designed as a hub for movie production, complete with modern amenities and powered by reliable electricity.
  • Cultural Showcase: The village will celebrate Abia’s rich heritage, serving as a space for artists and a holiday resort with theaters for tourists.
  • Revitalizing Heritage Sites: We’ll identify, restore, and promote key heritage destinations to boost leisure and cultural tourism.
  • Annual Cultural Festivals: We’ll partner with reputable agencies to organize annual homecoming cultural festivals, showcasing Abia’s heritage to the world.
  • Revamping Hospitality: Partnering with the private sector to upgrade hotels and build standard facilities in key cities, enhancing the state’s appeal.
  • Conference Centers: Collaborating with investors to develop first-class conference centers in Aba and Umuahia, attracting events and supporting business growth.

Together we the people of Abia State can achieve more than any single person could ever do alone.






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