Anon-governmental organization under the aegis United Abia Artistes and Patriotic(UAAP)Forum has expressed dissatisfaction on the delay of payment of pensioners and civil servants in Abia state while also claiming that the state have received March 2023 federal allocation and made steady collection of internally generated revenue in the state (IGR), leaving the workforce and retires in the state to suffer.
In a statement titled:”Open Letter To Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu PhD And PDP Abia State Chapter” signed by the convener, Amb. Dr. Osita Offor -De Ultimate Commander, made available to Candidreporters.com, on Wednesday, UAAP also accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of “nonchalant attitude to the welfare of civil servants and retirees in the state”.
The group also questioned why the present administration of PDP in Abia State “refused to utilize a good portion of the federal allocation in offsetting wages of workers and retirees”.
UAAP also appealed to “all progressive Abians and concerned stakeholders in the political process to be cautious of their actions and take home the reality that the people will resist any attempt to rob off our chosen governor in the person of Dr. Alex” , while also stating that the ruling PDP led by governor Okezie Ikpeazu “should realize that the peoples’ mandate for His Excellency, Dr. Alex Otti OFR is absolute and cannot be subverted by any move or financial inducements deployed to grab power through the back door”.
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OPEN LETTER TO GOV. OKEZIE IKPEAZU PhD AND PDP ABIA STATE CHAPTER
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We The United Abia Artistes and Patriots Forum, have observed with dismay the continued delay in the payment of civil servants and pensioners by your government after receiving March 2023 federal allocation in addition to revenue earned from State IGR for the period under review.
UAAP notes that the nonchalant attitude to the welfare of civil servants and retirees by the outgoing administration leaves much to desire, as they were made to celebrate the 2023 Easter on an empty stomach.
We are therefore calling on the Gov. Ikpeazu led administration to be alive to her responsibilities and do the needful to the starving workers and pensioners by paying their due entitlements.
This wake-up call has become imperative so that the incumbent government will not leave behind huge unpaid salary arrears for the incoming administration to battle with in addition to the myriads of problems that will be left behind.
The big question being asked by UAAP is why has the present administration refused to utilize a good portion of the federal allocation in offsetting wages of workers and retirees which is constitutionally her first charge. Does the administration want to tell the public that the collected March federal allocation as well as internally generated revenue are being utilized or channeled for other purposes as a clandestine arrangement to jeopardize the collective mandate of the good people of Abia to Dr. Alex Otti and the Labour Party?
The Okezie Ikpeazu led administration should realize that the peoples’ mandate for His Excellency, Dr. Alex Otti OFR is absolute and cannot be subverted by any move or financial inducements deployed to grab power through the back door.
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We therefore appeal to all progressive Abians and concerned stakeholders in the political process to be cautious of their actions and take home the reality that the people will resist any attempt to rob off our chosen governor in the person of Dr. Alex Otti OFR, or his popular mandate.
The incumbent administration should know that this is 2023 and not 2015 when Abians were forced to accept illegality of victory outside the ballot box. They should allow the existing peace to continue to reign.
The time to reposition Abia as God’s Own State is now.
Amb. Dr. Osita Offor -De Ultimate Commander – Convener
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