It was a day of honour for Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State on Saturday in Lagos as he was conferred with the ‘Presbyterian Ambassador’ Award by the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria.
The governor was conferred with the award during the 22nd General Assembly of the church held in Yaba, Lagos, with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, among other dignitaries,in attendance.
Prelate of the Church, Prof. Mba Uka, in his award citation, said that the church chose the governor for the award based on his outstanding performance in the area of road construction and Aba/Abia infrastructure renewal and development efforts.
According to Uka, of particular interest to the church is the reconstruction of Ehere Road at Ogbor-Hill area of Aba, where the General Assembly office (Administrative Headquarters) of the Church is situated.
“We’ve never had a governor like Governor Ikpeazu in Abia. He is dedicated to his work and everybody can attest to his good works in Abia. The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria has benefitted from Governor Ikpeazu’s good works in Abia. Today, the road leading to our General Assembly office in Aba, which was so bad, has been reconstructed by the Governor. I am talking about Ehere Road in Aba.”
In his response, Ikpeazu said: “When we agreed to fix Ehere road and the two other link roads, Umuola and Ukaegbu, we didn’t think of a day like this. But this award, which is the first award I have accepted since I became Governor over a year ago, means so much to me. You have encouraged me and I promise to build more roads for our people.”