The Governor of Abia, Chief Theodore Orji, has re-assured potential investors in Abia that the government would continue to provide congenial atmosphere for investment.
Orji gave the assurance in Isingwu, near Umuahia, while inaugurating an Information Communications Technology (ICT) facility and block of classrooms, donated to Community Secondary School, Isingwu by an oil company, Techno Oil Ltd.
He said that potential investors had nothing to fear in the state, noting that government had stamped out social vices in the state, including kid panning and other related crimes.
“We confronted kidnappers in Abia State head on and won the battle decisively,’’ the governor said in his message read by the state’s Commissioner for Petroleum and Solid Minerals Development, Chief Don Ubani.
Orji promised that the State Government would also continue to provide tuition-free education in the state, to give citizens an opportunity to discover their potential.
He praised the management of Techno Oil for providing classroom blocks and ICT facilities for Community Secondary School, Isingwu, saying that the facilities would give students life-changing opportunities.
The Managing Director of Techno Oil Ltd., Mr Tony Onyeama, said that the company provided the facilities to the school as part of its corporate social responsibility, aimed at creating opportunities for indigent students.
He said that the ICT Centre was expected to open new opportunities for students in Isingwu and its environs to make them face the challenges of the 21st century.
Onyeama said that the company had built similar facilities in other communities in parts of the country, having embraced the call by government for corporate bodies to partner with government to promote education.
The Principal of the school, Mr. Godfrey Akomas, expressed his appreciation to the company for providing facilities that would assist students to discover themselves.
He said that the school was in dire need of infrastructure but commended the State Government for partnering the private sector in its bid to provide quality education in the state.
The Wife of the Governor, Mrs. Odochi Orji, presented books and other educational materials to students of the school to reduce the burden faced by parents in providing such materials.
The high-point of the occasion was the conferment of chieftaincy titles on the Executive Vice-chairman of Techno Oil, Mrs. Nkechi Obi, and the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Onyeama as well as cultural displays by students.