Following a recent press conference in which the APGA governorship candidate in Abia in the 2019 election, Dr. Alex Otti alleged the state owned Polytechnic in Abia state has been shutdown by the angry leadership of NLC, the state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has dispelled the allegation, describing it as a fictional tale.
Addressing newsmen in Umuahia on Tuesday, the governor who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka insisted that academic activities are going on in the school, adding that exam has been scheduled to take commence on Monday 14th of October 2019.
The governor advised Otti to go demand a refund of his money from those he allegedly paid to stop the progress of academic activities in the school.
“In the words of Oti yesterday ‘as I address you here today, Abia State Polytechnic has been shut down by angry NLC Leadership’. I am sure the students and workers of Abia Poly who are currently enjoying their lectures and work must have been shocked by yet another fictional tale by Oti in his now infamous series of tales of falsehood by moonlight. A simple visit to the school will confirm to whoever cares for the truth that Alex Oti should not be believed by any self-respecting individual because that Institution remains open for academic activities and has fixed examinations to commence on Monday 14th of October 2019. Unfortunately for Oti, his sponsored and orchestrated NLC shutdown of the Institution was dead on arrival and he should demand a refund from those he paid to organize the so called shutdown.
“The reforms embarked upon by the Institution are aimed at repositioning that Institution for more effectiveness, and such reforms will continue to enjoy the support of the Abia State Government and will form a template for reforms in other ailing State Owned Institutions.” Ikpeazu said.
The governor insisted that it won’t be out of place to say Otti is responsible for the slow pace of infrastructural development in the state on the account of statements credited to him.
“Gentlemen of the Press, will it be wrong to state that based on his own admission, that Oti is directly responsible for the slow pace of infrastructural upgrade in Abia State? Is it wrong to assert that Oti sought to undermine the efforts of the Government and people of Abia State so that he would have campaign talking points to latch on to?.
“Funds from development partners, either by way of loans or grants form a critical component of resources used for development anywhere in the world. Oti himself stated that he woukd raise such funds if he gets elected. Why then would he frustrate the attempt to access such funds, like he gleefully claimed.
“In his latest attempt to hoodwink his Lagos friends on the State of affairs in Abia, Oti repeated the same lies he told on Channels TV in 2018 that ‘Ikpeazu has done nothing and that Aba is a ghost town’. Those who watched that interview will recall that when Oti made that assertion, he was promptly corrected by one of the anchors of the Program, who reminded him that he had recently visited the State and saw first-hand the interventions of the Governor in several areas.
“In the build up to the 2019 elections, during the Governorship Debate held in Umuahia, Alex Oti admitted that he can certify ‘only 59 road projects done by Governor Ikpeazu’ out of the 74 road project listed.
“If just before the last elections, Alex Oti admitted to certifying these number of roads during the Governorship debate, how then could he have claimed,as he did yesterday, that Governor Ikpeazu has done nothing.”
Ikpeazu also reeled out some achievements his administration has recorded in the area of education to counter Otti’s claim.
“He doesn’t see the improvements in our schools. He doesn’t see the consistent top performance of our students in WAEC exams for four years now, he doesn’t see that enrolment in our public primary schools have more than tripled in the last four years from a little over 100,000 to over 330,000.
“Oti will never see that our Abia State University has remained on a steady upward movement in terms of performance and stability for the past four years.
“It noteworthy that in all his media interventions, Alex Oti is yet to identify even one single positive contribution from the Ikpeazu’s government.”
The governor continued, “It is interesting that Alex Oti claimed that there is nothing like Abia Rice. This is not surprising because he does not live here and does not know what is happening here. If not that he only comes around during elections and disappears after losing, he would have known that even in his own ancestral home of Arochukwu, there are rice farmers there in addition to several other rice producing communities in Bende, Umuahia North and Isuikwuato LGAs. Unknown to Alex Oti, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s administration has established four cottage rice mills at Ofeme, Bende, Acha and Uzuakoli with plans to establish additional mills in Arochukwu and Bende to ensure that Abia rice farmers no longer have to take their rice harvest to neighbouring States for milling. For the first time in the history of Abia State, the Abia State Government has taken active steps to ensure that we have a brand of rice that is grown from the soil of Abia State, harvested, milled and packaged within Abia State by Abians.
“Oti’s shameless claim that there is nothing like Abia Rice may have been targeted at Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and his government, but it is more appropriately a great and wicked disservice to the genuine efforts and sweat of hundreds of Abia Rice farmers whose hard work propelled the Governor to commence the establishment of those cottage rice mills.”
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