Gov Otti Affirms Commitment To Citizens’ Well-being, Says Governance A Civic Duty Not Favour


Abia state Government, Dr Alex Otti has affirmed commitment to citizens’ well-being, emphasizing that his government’s resolve to build roads is aimed at creating access that would provide efficient road network in the state.


Speaking at a thanksgiving service organized by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mrs. Nkiruka Onyejiocha, in Amuda Isuochi, Umunneochi LGA, Governor Otti reiterated that governance is a civic duty, not a favor.

Governor Otti arriving at the event

The Governor underscored the commitment of the state government to initiate programmes and policies that would improve the welfare of the people of Abia.

He said; “All what we are doing doing in government is to ensure that people’s life gets better.

“So when we are building roads, it is not a favour, we want to create access so that people can go about their businesses freely and smoothly“.

Otti commended the people of Umunneochi for their support toward the programmes and policies of the state government

He called on the Church to continually prayer for the government, adding that Abia and Nigeria would be better this time.

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Governor Otti and wife,Lady Priscilia Otti

Otti commended Onyejiocha for her decision to thank God, “because in most cases people forget to appreciate the source of their success”.

“I want to thank the Minister for remembering to thank God, like the Bishop said, ‘it is very easy to run away with your blessing, without acknowledging from where it came’.

“As you have acknowledged God and you have celebrated God in this way, celebration will never end in your house,”he added.

Gov Otti exchanging pleasantries with Imo state governor,Hope Uzodinma

In his speech, Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo said that the governors of the South East were working together to alleviate the sufferings of the people.

Uzodinma urged the citizens to support the federal and state governments to provide security of live and property, which he described as the essence of governance.

“We are delighted that the awareness has become so incremental that focus is on delivering quality service in government and not based on party affiliations.

“When we serve our people well it means by extension we have served God, because the mind of the people is obviously the mind of God,” he added.

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Uzodinma also thanked God for His goodness toward the celebrant, adding that her appointment as a Minister was a testimony of her hardwork and commitment to duty.


Earlier, Onyejiocha thanked God for His bountiful mercies over her life and for being her foundation and help over the years.

She recounted her life experiences as well as her walk with God and expressed her readiness to serve at any level to make the nation great.

Onyejiocha also said that the era of relegating God to the background in Abia was over as God had taken over the state and all that concerns it.

In his sermon titled “The Power of Thanksgiving” the Bishop of Methodist Church Nigeria, Diocese of Nsuka/Ehamufu, Dr John Eze, stressed the need to always show an attitude of gratitude to God.

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Eze said that thanksgiving provokes the power of God into action, triggers multiplication of blessings, guarantees preservation of testimonies and makes people to know that God blesses.

The event was attended by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Mr Lateef Fagbemi, the Minister of Trade and Commerce, Mrs Doris Uzoka, the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, Former Chief of Army Staff, Retired Lt Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, among others.