OTTI WILL NOT CELEBRATE 100 DAYS IN OFFICE — COMMISSIONER

REPORTER: PEACE AGBO

Abia State Government says it will channel the two billion naira Federal Government palliative loan to cushion the effect subsidy removal into transportation scheme.

Briefing journalits at the Government Umuahia, the State Commissioner for Information and Culture, Prince Okey Kanu, alongside other Commissioners after this week’s Executive Council meeting chaired by Governor Alex Otti, said that the State Government would roll out its own palliatives after it is through with that of the Federal Government, which is in place.

Prince Okey Kanu stated clearly that the administration in the state had no plans for celebrating the first 100 days in office.

He pointed out that Governor Otti’s administration had from the inception declared a state of emergency in Waste Management, Health, Road infrastructure, Education amongst others.

The Commissioner claimed the government had so far done a lot in those areas, including security and public service reform.

Shielding more light on palliatives so far received from the Federal Government, the Special Adviser to Gov. Otti on Policies and Interventions, the Rev. Fr. Christian Anokwuru, explained that a total of 16,800 bags of rice were received from the Federal Government, stating that each ward would get 90 bags.

On the issue of health, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ngozi Okoronkwo said the 3 general hospitals undergoing renovations had been completed and would soon be inaugurated.

Dr. Okoronkwo also announced that medical doctors had been deployed to Ugwunagbo and Obehie General Hospitals.

The Health Commissioner said that almost every diagnosis would be conducted in the Abia State Specialist Hospital and Diagnostics Centre while the free medical services initiated by the present administration would continue till December.

Contributing, the Accountant General of the State, Dr. Njum Onyemenam, assured the people of the State Government’s committment to prompt payment of all workers in the state employ.

The Accountant General explained that the government was making spirited efforts to end omission of some workers from monthly payment and other complaints about salaries.

EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU

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