Abia State government celebrated the 21st Anniversary of the creation of the state, with the State Government offering awards to 26 indigenes of the state, who have distinguished themselves in different careers.
Abia State governor, Theodore Orji stated that the state was still on the way to achieving the goals for which it was established.
According to the governor “ as we celebrate the 2012 Abia Day and recognize our achievers, our government can look at the past eaten by locusts and say without equivocation that what we are doing for our state, will tomorrow become the cardinal pillars and foundation stones of this state”.
High point of the celebration was the conferment of three categories of state honours on 21 persons including six women who got the honours of Ada Ugo Abia [Abia Eagle Daughters].
The six were Ijeoma Nwogwugwu who is the Editor of ThisDay newspaper, Mrs Ivy Okoronkwo retired deputy Inspector General of Police, ex Imo and Abia state commissioner- Victoria Akanwa, Christaian Nne Emuchay, Barrister Ngozi Chikwendu retired state head of service, and ex-Commissioner Eunice Nwankwo.
The men that got the Enyi Abia [Abia Elephant] Honour were Azubuko Udah retired deputy Inspector General of Police, Lord Dike Udensi Ifegwu founder of the Dubic group of companies, Prof Paul Ogbuehi pioneer professor of Opthalmology, prof Clifford Ohiagu former reps member, first republic politician Eze Ocee Ememe, two Abia based industrialists Chief Anthony Enukeme of Tonimas group Aba and Eze Samuel Urechukwu of Saclux Paints Umuahia, retired Supreme Court Justice Ikech Ogbuagu and renowned gynaecologist Dr Elekwachi Nwaogbo.
Those in the Oke Oji [Abia Iroko] category were Uche Ogah of the Masters Energy Oil and Gas Company, John Obuh the Flying Eagles Chief Coach, Dr Brown Alozie – Umuahia based private medical practitioner, ex-commissioner and ex- Chairman of Abia All Farmers Association Chief Isreal Amanze, and top business man and politician Chief Chris Nkwonta.