According to Daily Post, The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State, has raised an alarm on the alleged ploy by the Governor Okezie Ikpeazu-led government to further loot and fraudulently divert public funds, by using the newly-inaugurated 17 transition committee chairmen of the local government areas, as conduit pipe.
APGA, in a statement issued to newsmen by its State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Ebere Uzoukwa, on Tuesday, claimed that the transition chairmen were allegedly recruited as stooges, to allegedly criminally sustain what it termed as looting spree that had denied Abians and residents of the state to drive the developmental needs of the people in rural areas.
The party opined that the people of the state expected the governor and his government to initiate legitimate actions that would transparently instil proper utilization and deployment of local government allocations, remitted directly to the local government coffers, for purposes of driving development at the rural areas.
Parts of the statement read, “The reappointment of the immediate past TC Chairmen whom in Ikpeazu’s hollowed calculation, believed to have contributed to the massively flawed and disputatiously election returning him as governor, is to say the least, designed to extremely loot and divert Abia local government funds under the guise ‘security votes’ and phantom projects.
“This calls for serious concern; hence, it negates the whole essence of direct funding to the local government councils in the country. It is also disheartening upon remembering the past when local government councils meaningfully embarked on infrastructural and developmental projects, regularly paid salaries and veritably sustained micro and socio-economic programmes at the grassroots.