By Agency report
Abia State chapter of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has lashed out at Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, accusing him of abandoning governance and spending more time outside the State.
The party lamented that it was “pained by the obvious abandonment of governance by the Okezie Ikpeazu-led government”, insisting that the governor has no direction and that nothing was moving in the State.
Briefing journalists at its secretariat, the State Chairman of the party, Rev. Augustine Ehiemere said, “we regret to state that the present government has taken the disastrous path to failure by completely abandoning its primary responsibilities to the people of the state”.
According to Ehiemere, there has been complete halt in government activities at different parts of the State, “especially in the areas of project execution and payment of workers’ salaries.”
The party said that “this shows that the allocation being given to these Local Government Areas develop wings immediately they are received by the state.
“Unfortunately, this unjust practice has continued unabated while the people at the grassroots suffer untold hardship as a result of underdevelopment, while workers and pensioners are subjected to the worst form of indignation and oppression due to non-payment of salaries”.
According to APGA, Abia State is blessed with numerous sources of internal revenue generation and has therefore no reason to fail in its obligation to the people. The party accused the Okezie administration of allowing “illegal revenue agents to fritter away the state resources”.
According to Ehiemere, “after receiving over N60 billion in its one year in office with annual wage bill of about N28 billion, the few road projects on ground which are the only achievements of the present government cannot in any way justify the aforementioned revenue gotten by the government”.
The party also accused the governor of gallivanting overseas and challenged him “to show the dividends of his numerous tours abroad on the pretence of attracting foreign investment.
“In each of the trips which his government claimed was aimed at bringing investors to Abia, he was accompanied by dozens of aides and associates but unfortunately up till this moment, not even a single investor has been sighted in any part of Abia after millions of tax payers’ money have been frittered away”, the party claimed.