The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State, Chief Ikechi Emenike, has identified low budgeting as the major reason the state has been experiencing stunted growth.
This was as Igbo youths under the auspices of Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) yesterday expressed concern over alleged neglect of the education sector by the state government.
Emenike expressed this view while addressing a non-partisan stakeholders forum at Ututu in Arochukwu local council of the state in continuation of his consultations and mobilisation of like minds to join hands with him to change the sad narrative of Abia.
“Any budget less than N200 billion cannot develop Abia,” he insisted, adding that he would find creative ways to enhance the state’s budget to be able to meet with the demands of developing it to enviable heights.
“The budget of Abia should have the face of every Abian in it,” he said, pointing out that “citizens see themselves in the budget of countries where good governance is practiced.”
He assured that he would devise a means out of the quagmire of pension arrears by constituting a committee of pensioners on rotational basis to manage the payment of pensions and clear the arrears.
The APC governorship flag bearer has travelled round the world and done businesses with international financial institutions like the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, African Development Bank and other development agencies.
“There will be economic activities in every local government of Abia,” Emenike stated.
He urged the stakeholders to come out of their comforts zones, if any, and join the revolution to free Abia from the hands of bad managers so that God’s own state could start experiencing good things come 2023.