The Provost of Abia State College of Education (Technical), Arochukwu, Dr Philips Nto has described as visionary the constitution of two post COVID-19 Economic Committees by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to prepare the state for the end of the pandemic.
He noted that the Advisory and Technical Committees empanelled by the governor were proactive measures intended to insulate the state from the economic vagaries of post COVID-19.
In a statement he personally signed and released in Arochukwu, Dr Nto who is a former Commissioner for Finance in the state noted that Abia was gifted with a Governor who not only thinks and plans ahead but is worried about their economic future.
He said it was exhilarating that in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, Dr Ikpeazu is still forging ahead with state matters including the delicate issue of securing the economic future of Ndi Abia.
According to him, by reaching out to World class economists and financial experts like Dr (Mrs) Okonjo Iweala and Lady Arunma Oteh to be on the Advisory Committee. Governor Ikpeazu has demonstrated to the people that he is serious with the project.
Dr Nto also commended the choice of Dr Aham Uko as the Chairman of the Technical Committee, and described him as a world class financial expert who has brought back confidence to the states’ economy as the current Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning.
The Provost said the governor’s unparrelled commitment to the welfare of Abia people has also been demonstrated through prompt payment of salaries and pensions as well as release of subventions even in the midst of the COVID-19 challenges.
The Former Commissioner enjoined all technocrats in the state to research and submit papers to the government and the technical committee on practical ways to insulate Abia state from the effect of the Post COVID-19 realities.
He also pleaded with the people to continue to support the Ikpeazu’s administration in all the measures it is taking to safe-guard them against the rampaging pandemic.