The Abia state House of Assembly on Tuesday, July 2, set up committee to investigate various institutions in the state over non-payment of staff salaries running into months despite receiving monthly subventions from the state government.
The House led by the speaker, Chinedum Orji, also set up the committees to investigate non-remittance of revenues generated by these institutions including the Abia state University, Abia state polytechnic, Abia state Health Management Board, School of Nursing among many others.
Moving a motion of urgent public importance, the majority leader, of the state’s House of Assembly, Solomon Akpulonu, lamented the level of corruption in some of the parastatals.
Akpulonu called on the House to investigate the operations and finances of these institutions with a view to stemming the ugly tide and not hesitate to wield the big stick where necessary, no matter who is found wanting.
Akpulonu who represents Obingwa east state constituency said some of the indicted institutions operate up to 20 accounts without being accountable.
“For example, Abia State Polytechnic has up to 20 accounts that empty into private pockets. Mr Speaker, some of these agencies of Government generate monies but all the funds go into private accounts. We must call them to give account,” Akpulonu said.
Supporting the motion, deputy leader of the House, Paul Taribo, said the issue raised by his colleague is very important.
“I have discovered that among Heads of these agencies of government, there are bitter infightings among management staff, and you ask, what are they fighting for?
“Nothing else other than how to embezzle the money that is supposed to be used to run these Institutions and pay their workers’ salaries. We can no longer continue to fold our hands here thinking that all will be well by itself. We have to act now!” Taribo noted.
Ruling on the matter, the speaker of the House agreed with the submissions of his colleagues before the plenary.
Orji said: “There is no better time to stop this menace of revenue leakages and non-payment of salaries to staff by management of these institutions.”
He further announced the committees to carry out the investigations were announced as follows:
Committee to Investigate the operations of ABSU, Abia State College of Education (Technical), Arochukwu (ASCETA): Kennedy Njoku as chairman, Taribo Paul and Kelechi Onuzuruike as members and Emeka Otumchere as secretary.
For Abia State Polytechnic (AbiaPoly), Jerry Uzosike will serve as chairman, while Chijioke Chukwu and Mike Ugochukwu will serve as member and secretary respectively.
Also to investigate School Of Health, Aba; Emeka Okoroafor was announced as chairman, while Stanley Nwabuisi, Godwin Adiele, Nnamdi Allen are members with Amaka Ukwu-Rocks as secretary.
The committee to investigate Broadcasting Corporation of Abia (BCA), Umuahia are Ginger Onwsuibe, chairman; Chijioke Chukwu, member and Kingsley Alozie as secretary.
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