Friday, October 25, 2019


Abia State Governor Victor Okezie Ikpeazu received in audience, the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Honorable Uche Ogah today October 25, 2019 in government House Umuahia, the capital of Abia State.

The Honorable has informed the Governor that he will ensure that Abia gets her own share of ecological funds to fight the erosion.

The Governor has this to say:

"Today at Government House Umuahia I  received in audience, the Honorable Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah who paid us a courtesy visit. 

I congratulated the Honorable Minister on his appointment as a Minister of the Federal Republic and being an Ambassador of the state at the Federal Executive Council and I urged him to push for those policies that will enhance the state of affairs in Abia State as they come up for discussion at Abuja. 

I used the opportunity to inform the Minister of the unwholesome activities of some mining companies who carry on their business in the state without recourse to the health, safety and environmental implication of their activities on the people of the State. I urged him to use his good office to ensure that mining companies who are issued licenses at Abuja must commit to good practices of safety and community relations, assuring him of the continuous support of the State Government to his activities. 

I drew the attention of the Minister to the menace of erosion in some parts of the State, calling on him to use his good office to ensure that funds to the state from the Ecological Office actually are put to good use for the good of our people. My administration has worked together with NEWMAP to tackle three major erosion sites in the state, one at Isingwu Umuahia and two at Isiala Ngwa, with each of these interventions coming with a minimum of 2km roads.  Expressing confidence in the abilities of his office as Minister to develop the right synergy in Abuja to push for more of such interventions for our state. 

In his remarks, Dr Uchechukwu Ogah noted that politics is over, it’s now time for governance, and as an Abian, he has a duty to support the government of the State and assured us that his ministry will gladly collaborate with this administration to see how the issue of abuses by mining companies can be checked and to ensure that the State gains maximum benefits from mining activities carried out in the State. 

He also informed me that he is working hard to ensure that Abia gets her own share of ecological funds to fight the menace of erosion."

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