Reactions have trailed the 21st anniversary of the creation of Abia, with varied opinions on the performances of successive administrations toward building a prosperous state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Ibrahim Babangida led Military Administration on Aug. 27, 1991, approved the creation of the state.
The state had since passed through five military administrators with the incumbent governor being the third democratically elected governor.
Mr Allen Wogu, who was Special Assistant on Special Projects to the first civilian governor, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu said that the state had not fared well.
“The march to statehood has been on in Abia, but taking a cursory look at developments in the state, Abia looks like a 21 day old baby,” he said.
Wogu, who was Labour Party deputy governorship candidate in the 2011 general elections in the state, said that the state had had its fair share of infrastructure decay.
“Abia has suffered misfortune of wrong leadership and this translated to infrastructure decay and poor human capacity development,” he said.
Wogu said that it was not late for political leaders in the state “to learn their lessons and make Abia to join states that are progressive”.
Chief Reagan Ufomba, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship candidate in the 2011 general elections in the state said that the situation was ‘redeemable’.
“The situation is not totally bad because Abia has great potential for growth.
“The situation is not beyond redemption, but we need visionary leaders to move the state forward,” he said.
Ufomba said that the condition Abia found itself at the moment was not what the founding fathers envisaged.
“We need leaders that will curb restiveness, youth unemployment and also create conducive atmosphere for economic activities,” Ufomba said.
However, Mr Ugochukwu Emezue, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Theodore Orji, said that Abia had been marching progressively.
Emezue said that the current administration had done well in the area of infrastructure development, security and enthronement of peace atmosphere in the state.
“The impression that the state has not done well is not correct as the governor is focused and determined to deliver, as well as lay foundations for subsequent administrations.
“There are lots of expectations from the people, but they should be patient with the current administration,” Emezue said.