By Sol Mark, From Aba.
Indigenes of Abia State have expressed disappointment and reservations on the conduct and style of governance of the State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu.
Some indigenes who interacted with DCF Global Reporters in Aba expressed disappointment with the performance and style of governance of the Governor. They particularly harped on the lack of will and courage of the governor to pursue and continue with the good style of leadership he began with on assumption of office in 2015, and called upon him to complete all the road projects he embarked upon.
Some residents in Aba specifically referred our reporters to some major roads like Ngwa, Portharcourt, Obohia, Ohanku Road, Ariaria International Market, etc. The story, according to them is that these roads have remained abandoned as their projects have remained uncompleted ever since contracts were awarded on them.
One of the respondents told DCF crew that only those close to the Governor from his local government, community, village, and his Sabbath Church are the people that are given contracts or allowed to decide what happens in the state.
‘Some of the people who got these contracts are people close to the Governor, and when they abandon such contracts, nothing happens.” He said. He further told our correspondent: ” When the Governor came into office newly, he came with a zeal and willingness to do a remarkable work, but it’s like he has lost the power and zeal to act”
‘It is now a case of ‘Are you from Ngwa? If you are from Ngwa are you from Obi Ngwa? If you are from Obi Ngwa, are you from the Governor’s community or Umuobiakwa, his village? If you are, are you a Sabbatharian?'” He sadly concluded.
The indigenes also lamented lack of payment of salary, and desperately called on the Governor to rise up and recover the lost vigour and courage he had initially when he was elected. They said they believe Governor Ikpeazu truly has the mind to work for the good of the people but is being distracted by individuals around him. They expressed doubts if he would be able to accomplish his promised tasks and projects.
Some of the people went nostalgically historical by reminding this crew that since after the days of the late Chief Sam Onunaka Mbakwe, as the weeping Governor of the old Imo State, no other leadership has been able to repeat the work Mbakwe did at Aba in terms of road construction.
Not done yet, a former senior staff of one of the banks also lamented the security situation in the state. According to him, the Governor appears not to have any effective plans to combat the menace of insecurity, and this has been forcing men and women who could contribute to the socioeconomic development of the state to move outside the state to continue with their economic activities.