June 22, 2023

Revealed: Why Aham Uko resigned as Ikpeazu’s finance commissioner

Revealed: Why Aham Uko resigned as Ikpeazu’s finance commissioner

By Steve Oko

Two-time Commissioner for Finance Abia State, Dr Aham Uko, has revealed why he resigned his appointment in his second tenure.

Uko who made the revelation during a media chat in his Okaiuga Nkwoegwu Autonomous Community, Umuahia North Local Government Area, said he was totally dissatisfied with the way and manner things were done by the Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu-led Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, administration under which he served.

According to the financial expert, he resigned his appointment when it became obvious to him that the administration was not willing to accept the innovations he introduced for efficient financial management particularly in clearing pension arrears

Uko who said he cherished his integrity more than political power, explained that he threw in the towel since February this year at a point he could no longer tolerate the fragrant abuse and disregard to wise counsel by the authorities.

The former Commissioner who was held in high esteem by pensioners across the state for consistent defrayal of their arrears, said he decided to quit when he noticed that the Government he was trying to get out of the woods  was not ready for any change.

“I resigned because I was dissatisfied with the way things were done. I did everything to correct it but I was one man in the Island without a support. I found myself in a place where everyone did not see and understand what I was seeing.

“So, out of dissatisfaction, discontentment, and disillusionment, I had to leave the stage for them.”

The former Commissioner who said he operated in a very difficult environment, explained how the Ikpeazu administration frustrated his sincere efforts to clear pension arrears and introduce transparency in the management of the state finances.

Dr Uko noted that when he came on board,  pensions were not paid for several months, but he initiated several modalities aimed at clearing the backlog of their arrears and followed up until some persons in government began to see him as an obstacle that must be taken away.

 ” I sustained payment of pensioners for upwards of 15 months uninterrupted, and they felt I came to disrupt what they were doing, or their game plan and the cabinet was dissolved.

” I guess that the essence of dissolving the cabinet was to get me off the way, but because of the pressure from the pensioners, I was brought back and retained as the Commissioner for Finance.”

The ex-Commissioner, however, said that during his ‘second missionary journey’, he was stripped of his authorities and reduced to a mere figure head, a development he found frustrating because of his integrity.

” Because of all these, I started looking for the right time to quit because I tried to make them see reasons for them to do the right things but they refused.”

He insisted that pension and workers’ arrears could be cleared if Government is willing to do the right things.

Dr Uko maintained that the major problem in the state is the unwillingness of Government to follow due process and restrict itself to finance prudence.

He, therefore, advised the new administration in the state not to follow the old order but chart a new and the right course if it truly wants to make a difference.

The former Commissioner who expressed concern over the state of affairs  in the state, insisted that Abia must be made to work for all.