Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu
Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, the 9th ruler and 4th Executive Governor of Abia State was born on October 18, 1964, to the family of late Ishmael and Bessie Ikpeazu of Umuebere Umuobiakwa of Isialaukwu Mbato Autonomous Community in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State, Nigeria. He attended Amaise Central Primary School, Umuobiakwa. In 1973, he gained admission into Eziama High School, Aba and later moved to Ihie High School, Isiala Ngwa where he took his School certificate examination in 1979. In 1980, at the age of 16, he gained admission into the University of Maiduguri to study Clinical Biochemistry and graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons.) in 1984. He did his one year National Youth Service between 1984 and 1985 at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt where he served as a Clinical Biochemist in the Medical Laboratory. Okezie Ikpeazu returned to the University of Maiduguri for M.Sc. Degree in Biochemical Toxicology and graduated in 1990. In 1994, at the age of 30, he obtained a Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Biochemical Pharmacology from the University of Calabar.
In 1998, Dr. Ikpeazu joined the services of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) as Lecturer 1 in the Department of Applied Biochemistry, Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences. In 2002 he was appointed the first Transition Committee Chairman of Obingwa Local Government Area by the then governor of Abia state Orji Uzor Kalu and later served as Special Adviser to the Governor. In 2007, he was appointed General Manager of Abia State Passenger Integrated Manifest Scheme (ASPIMS), and was reappointed in 2011 for another two years service. In 2013, he was appointed the 1st Deputy General Manager of Abia State Environmental Protection Agency a position he held until 2014 when he began his journey to the government house of Abia State.
Dr. Okezie Victor Chibuike Ikpeazu is the incumbent executive governor of Abia, God’s Own State and he is serving his second and last tenure expiring in 2023. Then it would be said that he emerged and walked in the footsteps of his predecessors in office.
WHO NEXT ???
In 30 years Abia, God’s Own State and people have been groping in the darkness of self denial and the question is why … but we are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that we may proclaim the Excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once we were not a people, but now we are God’s people; why we not manifesting the blessings embedded in our heritage?
Whenever the people of God are in apparent loss of their covenant blessings, the remedy is always in the people’s humility and repentance with respect to – the PRIESTHOOD/ LEADERSHIP, which in our case has remained self-serving and absolutely corrupt; WORSHIP, which in our case has gone to the evil alters of petty principalities and fetish powers; SOCIAL JUSTICE; which has been completely unavailable.
Shall we continue to sit and watch???