F.G. FAILURE TO REFUND MONEY SPENT ON FEDERAL ROADS CREATED IMPEDIMENTS FOR MY ADMINISTRATION…IKPEAZU.
From Chuks Onuoha…………Aba
Abia state Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has said that the failure of the Federal Government to refund the state all the money invested in repairing Federal Roads in the state has resulted into serious impediment for people as well as affected economic activities of the state
He stated this at an interactive session with a select journalists amidst wide spread criticism by a section of Abia citizens on the dilapidated state of some roads in Abia.
He explained that while most of his colleagues in other states are receiving several billions of Naira refund for their interventions on federal roads in their states, Abia state under his watch has not received a kobo despite his administration’s intervention on federal roads in the state.
He said that his intervention on many federal roads in Abia since 2015 when he took over was to make business activities easy and also to improve the lot of Abia people, but sadly, his government has not received the needed encouragement from the government at center like other states .
“I have not received any refund from the federal government for jobs done on federal roads since the life of my administration.
This development has created serious set-back, it is either that the federal government should step in to do their roads or encourage us to do them. I want to believe that there is a deliberate conspiracy against Abia state by the federal government of Nigeria” Ikpeazu decried.
He lamented that forces within the federal authorities had sometimes frustrated his efforts to fix some roads considered to be important to the economic growth of the state.
He enjoined Abia citizens to pray for his administration as it is the honest intentions of the government to do all within its ability to better the lots of its citizens.
He blamed the slow pace in delivering his administration’s lofty plans on paucity of funds.
“We have noble intentions as a government, but the limited resources available have been a major constraint for us to operate within the scope of the limited resources at our disposal.
He assured that his Government will deliver the dividend of democracy to the people of the state before the expiration of his administration. END