Sunday, September 17, 2023



In a visionary move that seeks to position Aba as the "Japan of Africa" in terms of technological innovation and a business-friendly environment, Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, recently unveiled a grand plan. This ambitious endeavor was shared during a cordial meeting with the Yoruba community in Abia State, which took place at the esteemed Government House in Umuahia.

Represented by his trusted Chief of Staff, Caleb Ajagba, Governor Otti underscored the paramount importance of fostering harmonious coexistence between the Yoruba community and their gracious host communities. In a resounding pledge to his constituents, Otti declared his unwavering commitment to creating an environment that empowers all residents to pursue their legitimate activities and entrepreneurial aspirations.

Further underlining his administration's dedication to propelling the state toward socio-economic prosperity, Governor Otti reiterated the core principles of transparency, accountability, and good governance as the guiding lights of his leadership. These principles are expected to serve as the bedrock for the state's transformation journey.

In a touching display of gratitude, Governor Otti expressed heartfelt appreciation to the Yoruba community for their invaluable contributions to the state's economic growth. He also acknowledged their steadfast support for his administration, which has undoubtedly played a pivotal role in the state's progress.

Yusuf Okikade, the esteemed President General of the Yoruba United Community in Abia State, conveyed the purpose of their visit. They aimed to extend their heartfelt congratulations to Governor Otti for his resounding electoral victory. In addition to their congratulations, they put forth several requests, including the allocation of land for their secretariat, the donation of vehicles, and opportunities for appointments. 

These requests are intended to enable their active participation and contribution to the political landscape of the state. Okikade lauded Governor Otti as a contemporary leader akin to Moses, guiding the state through remarkable strides across various sectors of the economy.

In conclusion, Governor Alex Otti's vision for Aba as the "Japan of Africa" stands as a testament to his dedication to fostering progress, innovation, and prosperity in Abia State. With the support of the Yoruba community and a steadfast commitment to his administration's principles, the future holds promise for Aba's transformation into a hub of technological advancement and economic growth in Africa.

Iroabuchi James Chikezie writes from Umuahia, Abia State.

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