Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has asked Abia people not to pity him over the harsh economic situation presently being faced in the state.
The Governor maintained that he believes God has a reason for whatever circumstance He (God) allows.
He decried the dwindling federal allocations to the state, but assured nonetheless that his administration will ensure that the current economic crisis does not impact negatively on his infrastructural development program and payment of workers’ salaries in the state.
Meanwhile, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has assured farmers in the state of prudent disbursement of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) N1 Billion Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme Loan which the state recently obtained.
The Governor gave the assurance while giving an account of his one-year stewardship in the state to the people of Abia Central Senatorial District, as part of the ongoing town hall meetings in the state.
Political Farmers…This Loan Is Not For You – Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu made the statement via a press release by the State Chief Press Secretary, Mr Enyinnaya Appolos, who spoke yesterday at Umuahia South and Isiala Ngwa North local government headquarters.
The statement in part read:
“I want you to understand that we are in tough times in the state. I am sure you’re aware of the economic hard times in the country that has occasioned the drastic drop in our monthly allocation to as low as N1.7b.
“Out monthly allocation as at today cannot support payment of workers salaries, not to talk of executing other projects. This has also impacted on our IGR as a state.
“Don’t pity me because of the tough times. I know that my God is able to handle the situation. But let me assure you that amidst this obvious challenge, our government will continue to improve on our infrastructure and also pay salaries as we can, but I ask for your understanding and support in this hard time.
“We do not have any other option than to improve the infrastructure in the state, especially at Aba, the commercial hub, to motivate people to pay taxes thereby improving the internally-generated revenue of the state.
“Let me also reassure you of my promise, as your Governor, not to misappropiate the confidence you bestowed on me.
“Let me inform you that we have received N1b agricultural loan from the CBN. This loan, I assure you, will be judiciously distributed to genuine farmers amongst us. I know our farmers, and let me inform political farmers whose farms are on the internet not to bother coming because this loan is not for you.”