- A group in Abia has revealed the government official responsible for nonpayment of workers’ salary and pension arrears in the state
- Th group alleged that there was high volume of misappropriation by the immediate past finance commissioner of the state, Obinna Oriaku
- The group further alleged that Oriaku perpetrated numerous anomalies against the progress of the state
A coalition of youths in Abia state under the aegis of Abia Youths Vanguard, has alleged that high volume of misappropriation and corrupt engagements of state funds by the immediate past finance commissioner of the state, Obinna Oriaku, was responsible for nonpayment of workers’ salary and pension arrears within the first four years of Ikpeazu’ administration.
The group also stated that many unwarranted dealings of the former commissioner during his stay in office with Abia state funds, which according to them hampered accomplishment of some developmental projects in the state, was nothing but acts intended to tarnish the image of the state governor.
Responding to a recent rebuttal publication accredited to the former commissioner wherein he refuted allegations of financial corrupt practices, the group noted that Oriaku perpetrated numerous anomalies against the progress of the state.
They demanded that Oriaku among other issues should in truth tell Abians why “despite his claim of doing a good job, salaries are to workers in ministries and higher institutions.”
While they insisted that the former commissioner should have not place in the present government of Abia state, the group called on Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to purge Abia government of all forms of corruption through his appointments.
They advised the governor to ensure that state funds are entrusted in the hands of prudent citizens who will properly manage and ensure that workers and pensioners are not owned, and government projects are executed accordingly.
Part of the statement read: “In his feeble attempt to discharge the burden of obvious facts against him, like expected, he went on a wild goose chase in his rebuttal.
“His explanations are vague devoid of substance but laden with self-praises and invisible records of his achievements while the situation on ground differs from his claims.
“Mr Oriaku is on a mission to tarnish the image of our hardworking governor. During the 2019 workers day, the pensioners clearly stated, who the architect of their troubles is. We may recall that not even the governor's name was on their placards but Obinna Oriaku, our billionaire commissioner for finance.
“You can not be claiming that you have saved Abia from "hawks" when there are no physical evidences to support your much taunted managerial prowess to counter those who are constantly saying that you are the thief within and the real enemy of the state.”
Meanwhile, an aspirant for the position of Kogi state governorship position, Prince Muhammed Abubakar Audu has called on Governor Yahaya Bello to refund the balance of the N50.8 billion bailout fund granted the state into the federal government coffers.
Prince Audu, in an interview with journalists in Lokoja on Thursday, July 1, stressed that the bailout was applied for by the immediate past administration of Captain Idris Wada to pay salary arrears of both the state civil servants and local government workers.
“However, the present administration of Governor Bello embarked on a seemingly interminable screening exercise where over 40 percent of the Kogi workforce were said to have been removed from the payroll,” he alleged.
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