Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, says the many legacy projects built by his administration testify that his government has done well in laying a solid foundation for good governance in the state. Speaking while commissioning the Umuahia and Aba High Court complexes simultaneously in Umuahia, Governor Orji said he believes that his administration has made a positive impact on the state through its many legacy projects.
According to him, incoming governments will not be bogged down by building similar institutional frameworks but rather focus on other important aspects of governance.
He noted that there was little or no institutions that support democracy or durable infrastructure that serve the need of the people that he had not touched since assumption of office, saying such projects included befitting judiciary complexes, public information building, workers’ secretariat and government house among others, adding that that was why his government responded by embarking on democracy institutions among others, which he stressed was a way of building the new face of Abia.
He stated that the ceremony could not have come at a better time than now and thanked Abians for their support for his government. “This ceremony could not have come at a better time than now in the twilight of our administration of this state, especially when many critics are beginning to forget where this state is coming from in terms of durable infrastructure that serve the need of our people and our democracy.
“It is worthy to recall that when we arrived office in the governance of this state – about eight years ago, we met a situation where there was little or near absence of the necessary institutions of governance that support democracy.
“Topmost on the list of such democracy institutions were the absence of a befitting Government House for the state, a comfortable Workers’ Secretariat to support our work force, a decent court room complexes to support our judiciary to perform its laudable role as an important tier of the democratic system, and a comprehensive well furnished public information building that supports the workers of our state Broadcasting Corporation in the promotion of the right enlightenment that drives democracy.
“All the above institutions are necessary for democracy to thrive and take root in any state, and that is why our administration quickly responded to this dearth of institutional foundation-laying for democracy through our legacy projects,” he said.
Continuing he said that “Today, we can boast that all these required new institutions of democracy have been restored in Abia State by my government. For us, this is the surest way of building the new face of a sustainable democracy in Abia State which we all desire, and we are happy we took that course to lay the foundation.
“The High Court complexes we commission today are eloquent testimonies to the success of our efforts and our administration’s resilience in the laying of a solid foundation for good governance and the stability of the state. “It’s important that no one – not even the critics, will forget that no administration that succeeds our government will ever be bugged down again in the institutional foundation frameworks we have already established for the state.
“I have always emphasized that the work of governance of any state is like a relay race. Every race needs to begin well, especially with the committed efforts and sacrifices of one administration that takes the brunt and set the momentum that makes the desired impact. This is what lays the foundation for success of the relay race.”