E.I. Ihegwuruike

An All Progressive Congress (APC) Youth Leader in Abia State, Cletus Iko Ibe has faulted and lambasted governor of the state, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu on the claim he made on Democracy Day over the payment of teachers’ salary which is in several months of arrears media. He said the statement was made to deceive not only the teachers, but the good people of the state.

Ikpeazu had in answer to a question on the day claimed that the state government spends about N600m on the payment of teachers’ salary alone, money he said his administration cannot afford every month if the state was to remain afloat financially.

In faulting Ikpeazu’s claim, Ibe said salary of primary school teachers across the country are paid by Local Governments which are deducted at source by the federal government and paid into the coffers of ASUBEB which the state government controls.

He urged that primary school teachers’ salaries be separated from the claims of not being able to bring out N600M because it is something that has already been paid and should have no delay.

Ibe said the problem in paying the salary of teachers in that level within the state emanated from the fact that the Ikpeazu administration is meddling in the affairs of ASUBEB which has made it difficult for teachers to be paid.

“Our people are very ignorant with public administration process especially on finance. How can the state governor be boasting of how he cannot bring out N600m to pay teachers including the primary school teachers’ salaries? Is the money coming from his purse? Are they under state pay roll? He should have apologized for owing them, but he was busy blabbing to people who hardly ask questions about the nitty-gritty of governance and public administration.

“The money they are using to build new secretariat for Abia State Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB) is something they should have channeled into paying teachers’ salaries.

“All they do is to connive with union leaders and force striking members to return and remain hungry. It is unfortunate that Abia is in the hands of those who put on deceit and lies as their best clothes.”

The young politician went further to say that governor Ikpeazu’s claim that he wants Abia to be like Lagos State in terms of IGR should not warrant him to allow some unscrupulous individuals to collect dubious levies from innocent traders and landlords in the state.

He frowned at a situation where traders are asked to pay all kinds of illegal dues and said that Lagos was not built in that way. “He said he wants Abia to be like Lagos that generates N27 Billion per month in IGR. Can you imagine? Is that why we hear of traders being asked to pay embarrassing fees like Armed Forces Remembrance Day Levy?

“Is that why they separated sanitation fees from environmental fees and also separated those two from Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) fees? Come on, this is not how Akinwumi Ambode built Lagos. He brought in investors, he opened channels for business, he continued from the footsteps of Raji Fashola and brought investments that are tax yielding.

“He never used landlords and traders to generate illegal taxes. Ikpeazu should attract industries and stop telling us stories of Chinese coming to do this and that in Aba. Where are those Chinese he has being talking about since 2015? Our people are too blind to see that he is just a good orator who knows how to sugar coat a story.”

Ibe further described the so called Osisioma Flyover as a monumental waste of state resources that could have been channeled to major intra-city roads that are making lives difficult for businessmen in the state.




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