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Otti urges Ikpeazu to address collapsed institutions in Abia, pay workers

By Gordi Udeajah, Umuahia
17 November 2021   |   4:06 am
Former governorship candidate of the All progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, has urged Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to take immediate steps to halt the collapse of the state’s key institutions.

Alex Otti

Former governorship candidate of the All progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, has urged Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to take immediate steps to halt the collapse of the state’s key institutions.

Otti, in a statement, yesterday, by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ferdinand Ekeoma, told the governor that he was compelled again to passionately appeal to him because, despite the frightening dimension at which key Abia government institutions are getting grounded, Ikpeazu had failed to show concern and willingness to take decisive measures to tackle the situation.

The former Group Managing Director (GMD) of Diamond Bank added that he was also deeply worried about the reported salary and pension owed Abia workers.

He vowed not to be deterred by attacks and insults from Abia government officials whenever he offered advice or expressed opinion on matters that affect the state.

His words: “Almost all the state’s critical institutions like Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH), Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu, Abia State Polytechnic, School of Health Technology, Abia State College of Education Technical, Arochukwu (ASCETA), and others are being owed several months of salaries.”

Noting that Abia receives several billions of naira in monthly allocations from the Federal Government for the state and local governments, and generates internal revenue, just like other states, Otti stated that it beat the imagination of any sane mind why the Ikpeazu government could not pay salaries and pensions, not to talk of carrying out serious developmental projects.

“A cursory look at Umuahia would show no sign of development, as it has literally remained a glorified village, while Aba, the former heartbeat of Igbo land, is now wearing a more notorious look as the headquarters of refuse dump, because you chose to hand over the critical task of refuse management to unskilled and unpatriotic allies, who do not know that legitimate profits are more achievable when projects are effectively executed.

“Most of the roads remain impassable, due to dilapidation and decay. For instance, one of the most important roads, Faulks Road, which leads to the Ariaria International Market, constructed by your government at the very high cost of N6.8 billion, has collapsed and is now impassable. So, with very limited infrastructure and years of salary arrears, one wonders where Abia money is going,” he said.