By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA—GOVERNOR Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has vowed that no amount of intimidation would push him to misappropriate the N8.6 billion Paris Club inflow received by the State.
Ikpeazu insisted that 50% of the money must be channelled to pay salaries as directed by the Federal Government.
Governor Ikpeazu was apparently reacting to the ultimatum issued to his government by the organized labour in the state.
Speaking at a civic reception organized by the Ohanze Isiahia community in Obingwa council area to honour him and his wife, Nkechi, the governor also warned that no amount of threat of strike by labour would make him change his mind.
Ikpeazu vowed that no kobo from the funds would be unaccounted for. Consequently, he announced that Abia workers would subsequently be paid their salaries by issuing to them, individual cheques to eliminate ghost workers.
The governor assured the Ohanze people that their secondary school would benefit from the government’s school renovations programme that would soon commence.
He also provided N1.5 million for Ohanze Congress to be used for school fee of indigent youths in the area in tertiary institutions. Ikpeazu also promised to assist the community in building their civic centre.
In their remark, the community through Venerable Felix Erondu commended the governor for what he has been able to achieve in the last 19 months.
Erondu said that inspite of the economic recession, the governor has been able to make appreciable progress in the development of infrastructure in the state.