Governor Salutes Professor Eleazar Ikonne as Ukwa La Ngwa receives their son
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has said that his administration will leave no stone unturned to celebrate Abians who have done well in their chosen fields.
Governor Ikpeazu stated this during the Grand Civic Reception organized in honour of the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the Abia State University, Professor Eleazar Uche Ikonne by the people of Ukwa La Ngwa held at the Ngwa High School Aba, Wednesday.
“It is our tradition as Abians to celebrate those who performed creditably in office and congratulated Professor Uche Ikonne for his ability to manage the University environment excellently during his five year tenure as Vice Chancellor”, he said.
The Governor doffed his cap for the former Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Chibuzo Ogbuagu who mentored Professor Ikonne, adding that Ikonne should depart from the good works he has been known for and urged
Earlier,, the Chairman of the occasion and former Deputy Governor of Abia State, Rt. Hon. Eric Acho Nwakanma described Professor Uche Ikonne as a worthy Ambassador of the State, saying that the Grand Civic Reception is in line with the tradition of the Ukwa-Ngwa people to appreciate hardwork.
The celebrant, Professor Ikonne, who was visibly elated by the outpouring of goodwill messages, appreciated the organizers of the event for the honor done to him.
He commended Governor Ikpeazu saying, “I don’t think it is proper for anyone to thank me. All accolades should be returned to the governor for finding me worthy to deliver good tidings to the good people of Abia state”.
The highlights was the conferment of the ‘Ugo Ocha’ Ukwa-Ngwa Chieftaincy title on Professor Ikonne by the Traditional Rulers of Ukwa -Ngwa, and the unveiling of the book “Divine Mandate, Our Story Changed” by Professor Chibuzo Ogbuagu.
Also, the Chairman of the Central Planning Committee, Chief Okey Ahiwe, on behalf of all Members of the Organizing Committee, prays that God would continue to bless the good people of Abia state.
The Chairman also wishes to congratulate Prof Uche Ikonne and his wife on his meritorious conferment of the tittle of UGO OCHA OF UKWA LA NGWA.
Those who graced the occasion include the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, Ph.D,
the Deputy Governor, Rt Honourable Ude Oko Chukwu, Ph.D, the Chairman of the occasion and former Deputy Governor of the State, Chief Eric Acho Nwakanma, the Chairman of Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Majesty, Eze Joseph Nwabeke, Chairman of Ukwa La Ngwa Traditional Rulers, His Royal Majesty, Eze Nwabiaraije Eneogwe, the Members representing Ukwa-West and Obingwa-West State Constituencies in Abia State House of Assembly, Honourables Godwin Adiele and Thomas Nkoro, respectively, former Executive Secretary of Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency, Dr Reginald Chika Stanley, pioneer Chairman of PDP in Abia State, Chief Tony Ukasanya, former Vice Chancellor of Abia State University, Prof Chibuzor Ogbuagu.
Others include, Managing Director of Tunnel Engineering Nigeria Limited, Engr Naana Nwafor, former Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Rt Honourable C O Enweremadu, an Abuja based renowned Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Achilihu, Barr Chibuike Nwokoukwu, SAN, a former Deputy Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Cosmos Ndukwe, the Leader of Ukwa La Ngwa Elders’ Council, Dr Max Nduaguibe, a Statesman in the State, Chief Chuku Wachuku, Engr and Mrs Augustine Alaribe, Onwa Nde Ngwa, Chief Anyamele, Chairman of ASOPADEC, Chief Sam Nwogu, Deputy General Manager, ASEPA Aba, Chief Rowland Nwakanma, an Elder Statesman, Dr Sampson Esochaigh, Dr Sampson Ahiwe, Arc Chief Dan Nwankwo, His Imperial Majesty, Eze Isaac Ikonne, Nsulu Vanguard, Federation of Ngwa Students, Women and Youths, Vice Chancellor of Abia State University, Prof Maxwell Ogbulu, represented by Prof Candy Ahuama, Security Personnel and Members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm.