- An advocacy group, Abia Youth Vanguard (AYV), is concerned about the state of affairs in the Abia state
- The group asked the Governor Okezie Ikpeazu-led government to probe the activities of his ex-finance commissioner
- The group stated that they will not allow anyone to pocket funds meant for the development of the state
A group of youths under the aegis of Abia Youth Vanguard (AYV), has called on the Governor Okezie Ikpeazu-led government to probe the activities of his ex-finance commissioner.
The AYV also queried why the immediate past commissioner for finance of the state is still carrying out financial transactions with banks on behalf of the state even when such duties are already designated to the state permanent secretary ministry of finance and others.
The group called on the governor to stop the ex-commissioner from parading himself as finance commissioner, as he (the governor) is yet to appoint anyone in that capacity.
According to a statement signed by it's secretary, Emmanuel Ukwa, made available to journalists in Abuja, the AYV went on to state that their interest is only to ensure that citizens of Abia state enjoy the dividend of democracy as promised by Governor Ikpeazu, hence, they will not allow anyone to pocket funds meant for the development of the state.
Part of the statement read: “We appeal to the Abia state government to probe the activities of the former finance commissioner and many allegations leveled against him to save the state from looming economic sabotage.
“We also call on Abia state governor, Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu to as a matter of urgency stop Mr. Obinna Oriaku from parading himself as commissioner for finance by dishing out instructions to banks.
“We understand that our governor in his peaceful manner is ensuring that those found to have perpetuated corruption against Abia are brought to book.
“That singular fact is what drives us to speak out and condemn and also call on such persons as the immediate past finance commissioner to respectfully desist from every act of impunity before the wrath of the law get hold of them.”
Furthermore, the group said, “Some weeks ago, we the Abia Youth Vanguard brought to the fore a lot of issues bordering on the malfeasance of our collective patrimony in Abia state; especially as regard some actions of the immediate past commissioner for finance, Mr. Obinna Oriaku, while in office.
“But instead of reacting satisfactorily to the concerns of Abians, he (Mr Oriaku) went on to presented in a rebuttal he published in some national dailies, some explanations we considered poor and lacking in substance.
“We had expected this former commissioner to be in sober reflection, given the too many unsavory allegations levelled against him. We also expected him to apologize to Abians.
“We say no to corrupt persons holding political office in Abia and we insist that rule of law must be upheld in the state like done in other states of the federation.”
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