Akunyili, Bayero: So, Gov. T.A. Orji can express shock?

Governor Theodore Ahamefule Orji is really working in Abia State for only
those he has marshaled out to be praising him, not for the collective
well-being of the state. His so-called transformation agenda is tailored
towards remodeling the lives of the few of his sycophants. He is a source
of happiness to his bootlickers and foot soldiers. He is the pride of all
the Ochendo Global Associates that are ever ready to send decorum to the
dogs for the lucre that accrue from their Ochendo Global. He works for the
progress of these individuals to the detriment of our state.

It was a surprise that Governor T. A Orji of Abia State could express
‘shock’ when the duo of Prof. Dora Akunyili and Emir Ado Bayero were
snatched by death recently. Whereas the governor had not shown any remorse
or is showing any sign for such for our state, he quickly sent in his
condolences laced with pity to the families of the deceased and their once
loved ones. While in the governor’s choking messages by his Chief Press
Secretary, the gentle Charles Ajunwa, he remembered Akunyili as once a
“dogged, dedicated and patriotic woman who discharged her duties with great
zeal”, what will Gov. T.A Orji be remembered for in the future? Whatever he
has said of Ado Bayero!

It was not surprising that the governor will always be quick to express his
sympathy in such sad incidences for political reasons, whereas the
agriculture he ones promised our people that will be the bedrock of his
administration, has become a story for another era, whereas the world was
earlier intimidated by the government that it had doled out N10b for
agricultural purposes among farmers in the state, when what we saw was the
money written in the papers without any commensuration of the money on
ground. Please, who will define the meaning of fraud to us?

The governor is today talking about how to move the South East Nigeria
Economic Commission (SENEC) forward, whereas he has not been able to manage
the affairs of his state properly. Much as the world knew that the
government likes hyping every irrelevant opportunity it gets for political
reasons, it did not disappoint in that train when on 26th May, 2014, the
Chairman of SENEC, Engr. (Sir) Chris Okoye reportedly paid an
“impoliteness” call on the governor. Imagine that the visit they christened
as ‘courtesy’ was just for the SENEC chairman to thank the governor for
“appointing a special Adviser to him on SENEC and requested for the
formalization of his appointment and notarizing same to the entire
structure of Abia State Government.” Will they not continue to run our
state dry, whereas there are over 450 aides that Gov. Orji operates in his

A government of recycling? The story goes further that their ‘courtesy
visitor’ “requested His Excellency to urge his fellow governors to
re-nominate their various representatives on the interim board, especially
the ones that have seized to be part of these Governments – States such as
Anambra and Imo States.” This is the type of government that we have had in
Abia State under Gov. T.A Orji; a government that does not exist to
transform anything, except the art it has mastered in blame-game and
looking for excuses from the blues as the reason it has not been performing
to transform our state like other states in the country. The government has
taken the people for a ride and operates a justice system that is as
elusive as developing Abia State under this present government.

This government does not see it as the right of Abia people to dare open
their mouth and talk, else its machineries that operate with pseudonyms
would call them unprintable names and circulate falsehood against them. The
government in Abia State continues to operate in deficiency and political
sycophancy and total neglect of our state, our people. There is no hope
that ‘hope’ will be restored in our Abia State; the ‘hope’ that Gov. Orji
is bent on giving the people now is his 2015 ambition for the senate,
whereas he has not shown any will in governance as a governor. Ikot-Ekpene
road around Aba axis and other roads that were once working have developed
into ‘seaports’ since this government.

To other governors, the coffers of their states are well protected to man
the wellbeing of their different states, but this is not applicable to what
we have got in Abia State. The governor’s gangsters called media aides and
the governor will always hinge their non-performance on what they call
minute resources that come into the state and that are generated from the
state, yet they are very careless and arrogant in making the funds not to
go round. Because the government in Abia State is a very careless one,
many contractors it has awarded contracts hold hand on that and are eloping
from sites after huge funds must have been allotted to them for the

However, no contractor would abandon site if he or she is not working in
‘tandem’ with the dictates of the awarder. Today, the people of Umuagu
Emede Ibeku, Umuahia North LGA are crying that contractors that were
awarded some contracts in their area are no longer in sight. Imagine that
this is the hometown of the governor and you also imagine what the fate of
people from other communities in the state are in term of development. This
is what a native of Umuagu Emede Ibeku had lamented: “In 2011, the
government awarded a health center building contract in the above named
community. Information reaching us is that the contractor had collected 95%
of his money, yet as I write, the health center is yet to be completed.
Recently, a ring road, now known as Behold He Cometh Road was awarded to an
indigenous contractor.

“In the cause of clearing and grading the road, villagers perimeter fences
were pulled down, the community only source of water (by community effort)
was damaged. For over four months now, the contractor abandoned the road
for no reason. This had left the dwellers of this village in an
unimaginable hardship as the road is now worst. The damaged source of water
and pulled down fences had remained unattended to, with wide gully erosion
threatening the community primary school buildings and the community at
large. The villagers are now saying ‘the government should have left us in
Egypt’. All of our efforts to get words from the contractors as to why
these projects were abandoned have yielded no result…”

This is part of what our people are suffering in Gov. T.A Orji’s Abia State
and he is not showing any sign of shock but was quick to express ‘political
shock’ for the deceased to the chagrin of the living.

Written by
Odimegwu Onwumere
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