Group seeks to reposition Abia for better social, economic growth under Otti
A group, Obingwa Labour Party Stakeholders Forum (OLPSHF) has identified economic, social and political problems that Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti must address to ensure the dividend of democracy reaches people at the grassroots level.
In a communique by its Chairman, Dr. Eric Egwuibe, at the end of a three-day retreat from August 25 to 27, at the Golden Olives Hotel, Umuahia, the group said the retreat with the theme ‘Rebranding Obingwa for Better Politics’, was aimed at helping the governor identify and address low hanging opportunities that will change the political, social and economic narratives of the state while delivering the dividends of democracy to the people.
According to him, the Obingwa Labour Party Stakeholders Forum (OLPSHF) seeks to show that Obingwa has honest people in politics who abhor the prebendary politics of corrupt enrichment while epitomising ethical politics of facilitating measurable societal progress in terms of security, economic growth, social harmony and infrastructural development for all.
Egwuibe stated that in the coming weeks, the forum, based on recommendations at the retreat, will submit working documents on security, economic and infrastructural development to the governor.
“The same working documents, we believe will be a great asset to the future Obingwa Council chairman as well. To all arms of government in Abia State, the OLPSHF remains a professional, articulate solution-oriented and credible partner in progress for accountability, positive impacts, effective representations and people oriented governance,” he said.
The forum at the retreat explored means to improve lives of residents in Obingwa and Abia State and brainstormed on how to develop a good security architecture for the safety of lives and property.
It also identified economic potentials in Obingwa local government that could be harnessed to alleviate poverty, create meaningful employment and bring prosperity to the people.
Stakeholders at the meeting also seeked solutions to infrastructural challenges to reduce suffering and improve living standards.
They also discussed better ways of changing the prevailing political mindsets of self-enrichment, looting and violence to that of selfless-service and people-oriented governance that benefit residents in Obingwa and Abia State.
Other leaders at the retreat include: Labour Party Obingwa West (Uhie) Constituency candidate, Victoria Onwubiko; Labour Party Obingwa East (Agalaba) Constituency candidate, Peter Azubike; Chairman, Obingwa Labour Party Elders Council, Dr. C.C. Okwuonu; Secretary, Obingwa Labour Party Elders Council, Engr. Iheanyi. Y. Weze; Secretary, Obingwa Labour Party Stakeholders Forum, Dr. Ebere Uzoukwa; Publicity Secretary, OLPSHF, Iheanyi Nwachukwu; Chairman, OLPSHF Retreat Planning Committee, Chief Reuben C. Onwubiko and Secretary, OLPSHF Retreat Planning Committee, Mr. Chuks N. Jacob.
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