Ikpeazu's frog-pond at Brass Junction

2019: It is political suicide for Abia to re-elect IKPEAZU

BY NAIJAWATCHDOG

It is the right of every Nigerian to vote and be voted for, but it is not the right of anyone voted in to mess around with the mandate given to him.

The governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu has every right to contest because he is a Nigerian and an Abia man to the core, but the level of political jiggery-pokery witnessed in every aspect of his first tenure in the state points to the fact that it will be vey cataclysmic to send him back to the government house in Umuahia.

Even a man born blind can see that the incumbent administration in Abia lacks sense of direction and purpose. They have a lot of clog in the wheel of their progress which practically underlines the fact that they are incompetent to be there.

Information gathered by Naijawatchdog indicates the government is grappling with weighty issues that threaten to collapse the government, if immediate corrective actions are not taken.

One is lack of proper explanation on why Abia has permanently remained financially incapacitated even after recession when majority of the State governments in Nigeria owed salaries to government workers and contractors.

Ikpeazu’s administration has allowed Abia workers (Outside those in MDAs he recently paid) to die in pain and penury as he  continued to owe its workers (Especially teachers and doctors) long after the numerous bail outs received from the federal government estimated in excess of N30billion have been expended.

As gathered, Ikpeazu presently owes the local government area [LGA] workers 4 months of backlog salaries, the elementary school teachers a backlog of 3 months, Abia State Hospital Management Board is owed 10 months, Abia State University Teaching Hospital is owed 10 months, Abia State Poly is owed 11 months. This is after receiving the supposed N30billion supposedly earmarked for payment workers salaries.

Currently, the only campaign promise that Ikpeazu has kept is the promise to continue from where his political godfather, T A Orji stopped.

Ikpeazu has vehemently kept to the sacrosanctity of that campaign promise as he has practically abandoned virtually all its infrastructural projects, particularly road projects in similar move with T A Orji who is allergic to good infrastructure.

Information from a news site had it that a source at the government house revealed that the government has run out of money and could no longer pay its bill. There is no road in Abia where one can go now and see contractors on site. Contractors have abandoned all the sites as the Ikpeazu caterpillar revolution goes oblivion.

Faulks road is now abandoned and the initially asphalted portions pilling off. Ikpeazu went ahead and blocked the entrance of the road from Brass Junction thereby leaving only Aba-Owerri Road as the only entrance and exit.

Ikpeazu frog-pond at Brass Junction

He constructed a Frog Pond at Brass Junction where he has practically converted all the frogs in the pond into political sycophantic Choristers who sing his praise on daily basis. Ironically and unfortunately, conductors in Aba now refer to this Junction known as Brass as Pond Bus Stop

Getting close to 4 years, drainage work on Aba-Owerri road has been as fast as snail. The Ururuka road that leads to his own village at Umuobiakwa and to Umuahia is still beckoning on the son of the soil to have mercy and do something.

Ikpeazu destroyed shops and buildings in a bid to widen the Port Harcourt road with the promise of a BRT-Lane, but has since the flag-off and little insignificant drainage work, he left his true signature of master of uncompleted projects on that road.

The borehole he has being digging at Osisioma Junction which was termed a flyover at with an assurance of completion December this year (2018) has been left in the hands of snuff taking old men who climb up there on daily basis mocking Abians all in the name of doing a project.

Osisioma water project termed Flyover by Ikpeazu

At times one will wonder if some political leaders have conscience at all. One of the areas that was adversely affected in Aba is Ngwa road. If not for anything, the name Ngwa road as an Ngwa man should have touched Ikpeazu to save the situation there.

The road which leads to the third largest market in Aba-Ahia Ohuru  behind Ariaria and Eziukwu market which are first and second largest market popularly known as the is looking like an artificial lake.

The greenish artificial lake created at Ngwa road has stopped the waste disposal agencies from collecting the accumulated solid wastes on the roads with a smell that can make a pregnant woman deliver prematurely.

The refuse bins remained uncollected for several months until recently when the rains eased. During the period of the six months, the traders were required to pay their refuse disposal taxes regularly.

Residents of the Owere-Aba area of the Enyimba city once told Naijawatchdog during one of our research in the city that the only governor of Abia state known to them is His Excellency Governor Harmattan Uguru whose benevolence never ends anytime he visits.

They said he is the only one that knows how to keep their roads dry for some months before he returns to his base.

The popularly talked about “Made In Aba” project championed by the Ikpeazu administration appear to have dwindled tremendously owing to unavailability of funds with the governor now resorting to writing Aba in all his shirts with his aides and commissioners always urging camera men to get a clear shot of the inscription in his shirts.

Eziukwu road leading to Eziukwu Market, the second biggest market in Aba

The refurbishment of the small scale industrial area along Port Harcourt road has gone belly up and has been abandoned thus negatively affecting the bustling metallurgy and metal fabrication industries in the area. Ikpeazu administration had pledged to tap into the area to boost the “Made In Aba” project. But thus far it is all talks no action.

Where is the much talked about N1.5billion shoe factory from Chinese investor promised shortly after the arrival of the Ikpeazu administration took over? Where is that Chinese man he claimed will employ over 60, 000 persons? Has he discovered Ikpeazu is not serious? What about the Leather/Garment Cluster at Umukalika?

The new fraud now is Enyimba Industrial City in Ukwa. For how long shall we continue to listen to people who tell lies and have even forgotten the ones they told before and go ahead to repeat them?

Interestingly, while the state government strains to meet its financial obligations, the aides to the Governor appear living in opulence – purchasing new luxurious and expensive vehicles. His media aide was able to erect a staggering duplex [allegedly estimated value of 100m] in Aba metropolis within months of becoming the Chief Press Secretary.

He has also erected a similar structure in Umuahia of with same estimated value. He took in a brand new 4matic Mercedes Sports Utility Vehicle [estimated value of 18m]. Other aides to the governor, according to our source, have made similar luxurious purchases of vehicles and houses. They openly display the newly acquired wealth to the communities in Abia State regularly.

Information from a source has it that recklessness in the government house where loosened lifestyle has overtaken the normal serious activities of the government with women of easy virtue now frequently entering and leaving the government house every day from morning hours till late in the night to meet with both the governor and some of his aides.

A source said the governor’s love for alcoholism has led to the making of a new word in the government house called “SANHENDRIN”. According to the source, “During the evening, the Governor would call on his aides to come for them to go to the ‘Sanhedrin’ – an acronym he uses when he wants to go for drinks with his boys.”

Interestingly, when the Governor calls his boys for a trip to the Sanhedrin, over 7 to 10million are allegedly spent drinking ‘ridiculously’ expensive alcoholic beverages. The location of the Sanhedrin is situated inside the government house where the alcoholic beverages are brought in from select stores.

The Governor is known to have a long history for love of expensive alcoholic drinks dating back to his days at Abia State Environmental Protection Agency [ASEPA] when his daily routine including spending significant hours or days at local hotels – merriment. “He is a jolly jolly fellow. He takes his entertainment seriously”.

The source explains that the Governor essentially brought the “hotel lifestyle” with him to government house. “Every evening the Governor goes into a drinking binge with his aides” lamented the source who added that most of the Governor’s aide have learned to take advantage of the Governor’s altered state of mind by requesting for the governor to append his signature on shady projects and/or documents requiring his approval.

Summing up the governor’s drinking habit the source said it was it that brought about the Governor’s reckless financial management of State funds. “Ikpeazu cannot say where our money has gone”. No doubt there is fear of an imminent collapse. The type witnessed in Anambra State during the Mbadinuju administration.

To make matters worse, the jiggery-pokery has been transferred to the office of the First Lady.  Just recently, the wife of the Governor had to sack over 100 widows after having owed them over 12months of wages.

Mrs. Ikpeazu employed the widows from Umuobikwa community as street sweepers to sweep the road leading to the Abia State Government house. After employing the widows, she facilitated for the payment of one month salary and stopped.

The widow continued to work for 12 more months without payment. When the situation became unbearable, the widows began complaining aloud to the hearing of media men and women – which led to a publication in the Vanguard Newspapers of August 30, 2018 that revealed the treatment meted to the widows by the State government and the wife of the Governor.

Newly constructed Faulks road by Okigwe road

The Vanguard publication angered the Ikpeazu administration. According to our source, it brought tears to the eyes of Mrs. Ikpeazu. She reacted to quickly assemble the widows and expressed her anger – impressing on them her displeasure for their going public about the money owed them.

The Governor’s wife quickly organized for the widows to be paid one month out of the 12 months owed. She then disengaged them.

According to our investigation, she engages and continues to engage in illegally employing qualified and unqualified persons to the Abia State Hospital Management Board – causing over staffing – and further exacerbating the already weighty wage bill which the Ikpeazu administration has showed inability to offset.

Just few days ago, his commissioner for information, Chief John Okiyi-Kalu boasted that Ikpeazu will complete all is projects before election will start and we say amen to that.

FROM THE TOWER OF TRUTH

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