Governor T.A Orji
Governor T.A Orji

It has become obvious that the Abia State Government House, Umuahia,
is no longer conducive to Governor T.A Orji, as he is supposedly bent
on spending more time abroad than at home.

So-they-said, he just returned from a weeklong trip from Canada that
his kowtowing aides dubbed economic trip and aswell described it as ?a
huge success?. Whatever this means!

The ?huge success? Orji could not give to Abia people in the cause of
governance is what he has always enjoyed abroad where government knew
the true meaning of governance and has made sure that success always
comes to play, while the governor was mouthing that his trip was
investor-friendly.

Addressing Abians who thronged the Umuahia Government House Banquet
Hall, shortly after his return, he said he had discussed areas of
interest with the interested investors. Always making cymbal out of
any journey he made to overseas, Orji would rent his cronies and
friends to throng the Government House, Umuahia, to celebrate his
return. Hooey!

This is typical when he nearly not returned from overseas last year
after weeks it was said that he visited his daughter who put to bed.
Orji took last year and celebrated himself as a governor in the
Diasporas and was making blast out of nothing, in guise that he was
having town hall meeting with Abia people in precisely, the USA.

The same last year, he was travelling like school children on
excursion to Abuja and Lagos, luring and lobbying Abia people in those
states to believe his speechifying that works were going on in Abia
State, when such speech-makings were only but ruse.

Gov. Orji?s freshly trip to Canada will not make a difference from
other ineffectual trips he had made and told the world that very soon
Abia State would be flooded by investors. The saddening part of the
whole nuisance is that his government functionaries who always enjoy
the trips with him will not call him to order that Abia people are
asking questions about the much touted Monorail and Waste management
projects that his government spent the Abia people?s hard earned money
in the media advertising elusive projects that only existed in the
minds of the Orjis than those projects could possibly be drawn on
ground in Abia State. But at his back, you hear those government
functionaries bemoaning their unhappiness with the ?Emperor of Abia
State?.

Do we still remember the German company which only came for
presentation on the waste management project in the state and the
government advertised the visit in the media as if it had a contract
signed with the German company? The same thing is about to happen as
it was news that Orji had instructed some of his aides to make sure
that the apparently Canadian investors visit the state soon.

It can be construed that the Government of Abia State-led by Orji is
doing everything within its reach to launder its decrepit
representation. If not, how could the same government which last year
amplified how it gave and shared (N10B?) to farmers be talking about
imploring the services of a Canadian company in the area of
agriculture?

We are not even talking about environmental control in the state that
many billions of naira have been spent on contracting the services of
indigenous contractors, yet Abia State is changing from bad to worst
in waste management.

The issue of oil and gas in Abia State is a story for another day. Can
anyone imagine that Governor Orji was quoted as saying that his
?business? trip to the Canada would strengthen the two-pronged
relationship between Nigeria and Canada, as if he is the president of
Nigeria. No doubt, Orji lacks the perimeter of governance!

The trip can never be in the overall interest of Abia State as he
wanted us to believe, when Orji could not utilise the resources
already in the state. He expected that the people-oriented programmes
that Abia people have always been tasty of under his government can
only see the light of the day when foreign investors come and manage
our affairs. Where is the EFCC? Does somebody smell something like
misappropriation of Abia people?s fund on foreign trips and the
contracting of foreign investors? Was it not the same Canada that the
governor said that would be building monorail in Abia State? Where is
the Monorail?

Why is it that anytime Governor Orji returned from any trip overseas,
he calls for celebration? When he has nothing to show in Abia State in
term of dividends of democracy and when Abia people in the state also
wear baked tears with only repose on fate to give them a better
governor in the future who would polish the state from the ruins it
has come to suffer under Governor Orji.

It should not surprise us by tommorrow if we read from Governor Orji?s
ingratiating aides that this writer is not certified to judge their
public servant; if they will not even call Yours Truly names and
fabricate stories against him because they are experts in such, and
tell the world how their bible said that the masses should pray for
their leaders, even in the face of tyranny.

It is annoying that Governor Orji always run to overseas to contract
companies there to come and help develop Abia State, even when he has
refused to yield to the purportedly call by the Akwa Ibom State
Government to enter into an agreement with it, so that Akwa Ibom would
extend its networks of good road projects to Abia State, since Orji
has an inadequate approach to good governance.

Source: Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Author, contributed this piece from Aba, via:?[email protected]

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