Honours twenty-one of its indigenes

Abia State will honour 21 indigenes who have distinguished themselves in various fields of life, as part of the 21st anniversary of the creation of the state.

Chief Bob Ogbuagu, Chairman, Media 2012 Abia State Anniversary Committee, at a news briefing in  Umuahia on Thursday, said the anniversary celebrations will begin on August 24 and last for three days.

He said the recipients to be honoured would be in three categories — Enyi Abia, Ada Ugo Abia and Oke Orji — and were selected based on their track records.

Top on the list of the recipients are: Azubuike Udah, former Deputy Inspector-General of Police; Dike Udensi; Dr. Paul Ogbuehi; Sir Harley Onuoha; Prof. Clifford Ohiagu; Anthony Anukaeme and HRH Eze Ugochukwu.

Others are former justice of the Supreme Court Ikechi Ogbuagu; Viy Okoronkwo, a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police; Ngozi Chikwendu; Eunice Nwankwo; Christiana Emeuche; Victoria Akanwa; and Ijoma Nwaogbo, the first female Editor of Thisday newspapers.

Ogbuagu, who also named Uche Ogah, the Managing Director of Masters Energy Ltd; John Obu, a football coach; Brown Alozie; Israel Amanze and Chris Nkwonta as those to receive Oke Orji award, said the event would commence with a lecture by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy.

?The topic of the lecture coming up on Friday is, `Tapping Abia?s Economic Potentials?, and the lecture will highlight numerous economic potential existing in Abia for the benefit of investors within and outside the country to tap,? he said.

Other events marking the anniversary include a church service and award ceremony fixed for August 27.

Ogbuagu told reporters that the reason for the 2012 celebration was due to the peace and tranquillity that existed in parts of the state, which, according to him, was good for investors to take advantage of.         

He advised Abia people to not only join the Theodore Orji administration to pray for sustained growth, but equally participate in the activities lined up for the celebration.

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