- Governor Alex Otti of Abia State has become the centre of criticism following the release of the money spent by the state government in three months
- It was gathered that his administration had spent almost a billion naira on refreshments, welfare packages and other items
- Reacting to this development, Aisha Yesufu, an ally of Peter Obi, critiqued the Abia state governor via her social media handle
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Human rights advocate and Laboured Party's presidential campaign director for the 2023 election, Aisha Yesufu, has criticised Governor Alex Otti of Abia State for the substantial amount reportedly expended by his administration in three months on refreshments, meals, honorarium, allowances, and welfare packages.
Yesufu cautioned against continuing conventional governance practices, emphasising the need for change.
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The critique stems from the Abia State budget performance report, which revealed a staggering expenditure of N927 million on refreshments, meals, honorarium, allowances, and welfare packages for government officials from July to September 2023.
The report titled “Abia State Third Quarter (July – September) 2023 Budget Performance” was posted on the state government’s website
“This Q3 and Year to date performance is assessed against the revised 2023 Budget that covers the Original Budget plus an Amendment Virement sum of N22,263,269,900 as summarised below.”
According to the report, the Otti-led government allocated N223,389,889.84 for refreshments and meals, N305,400,000.00 for honorarium and sitting allowances, and N397,520,734.00 for welfare packages during the specified three months.
Additionally, the government asserted that N252.4 million was utilised to run the Deputy Governor's office within the same timeframe.
Aisha Yesufu reacts
Expressing her concerns on social media, Aisha Yesufu questioned the rationale behind nearly a billion naira expenditure on food and welfare within three months.
“Business as usual can never be the way to go. It must be business unusual. Expenditure must be reduced to the barest minimum.
"Almost a billion on food and welfare in 3 months? @alexottiofr get organizations like @TrackaNG to help keep you on your toes and monitor your spending and what to cut down on."
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Similarly, Governor Otti became a trend on social media following the release of data on his spending.
Nigerians dragged the Labour Party governor, who reportedly spent almost N1 billion in three months on meals and welfare packages but released just N25 million on public schools.