By Anayo Okoli
Umuahia – Governor Theodore Orji has promised that his administration had concluded plans to offset the backlog of salaries of teachers and other workers in the state in the next one month.
Meanwhile, Governor Orji has blamed the rising rate of kidnapping and other criminal acts on poverty. The state has meanwhile donatedÂ five Ford double cabin patrol vans to the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu to help in the fight against crime and criminals.
Handing over the vehicles to the General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Major General Mohammed Isa, Governor Orji noted the need to effectively equip the security agencies to discharge their constitutional duty well.
He highlighted the importance of security, which is one of the 7-point Agenda of the Federal Government, noting that every state government must take it seriously.
Governor Orji however, observed that there are no militants in Abia state and made it clear that kidnappers, who operate in the state were militants dislodged from the Niger Delta states.
The Governor attributed the high level of kidnapping to poverty and expressed the hope that the presence of the military would send a warning signal to criminal-minded youths in the state.
The Governor requested the military to complement the efforts of the police at curbing the menace of kidnapping and other crimes and urged the GOC to strive to surpass the achievements of his predecessors.