Governor Okezie Ikpeazu today at the Executive Council Chambers, Government House Umuahia inaugurated the Boards of three key agencies of the State Government.
The agencies are the Local Government Service Commission under the Chairmanship of Chief Okezie Ugboaja, the Board of the Abia State University Teaching Hospital Aba under the Chairmanship of Dr. Kingsley Enweremadu and the Steering Committee for the establishment of the proposed University of Industry, Science and Technology, Chief Chukwu Wachuku.
Inaugurating the Boards, Governor Ikpeazu charged them to bring their years of experience and sense of personal integrity to bear on their assignments.
He told the ABSUTH board to rise to the occasion and clean up the institution and informed them of the new strategic partnership with the Cuban government in the area of health care delivery.
He expressed delight that the School of Nursing, ABSUTH whose accreditation was withdrawn has been restored and that he has approved that the backlog of nursing students who ought to have graduated from the school be cleared immediately.
He urged the board of the Local Government Service Commission to stamp out the syndrome of ghost workers and laxity in the system. He asked them to embark on a massive reorientation of local government workers on the need to work hard to earn the salaries they are paid.
To the Steering Committee for the establishment of the proposed University of Industry, Science and Technology, he charged them to work out a strategic plan of action for the Institution which is planned to be a training ground for high and medium level manpower to complement plans of his government to industrialize Abia.
He mandated the State Commissioner for Lands to start working on securing a permanent site for the Institution and ordered the State Commissioner for Education to commence collaboration with the State Assembly on a Bill that will be the enabling law for the institution.
He assured the Boards of the resolve of his administration to provide them with all the support they need to succeed.
Responding on behalf of the Boards, Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission, Chief Ugboaja thanked the Governor and the people of the State for the opportunity to serve and assured that they will do their best at all times to justify the confidence reposed in them.
Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Eme Okoro, Commissioners, Deputy Chiefs of Staff to the Governor and his Deputy, Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, etc were at the event.