Gov. Alex Otti of Abia has said that his administration initiated measures to cut down the cost of governance to the barest minimum and save money. Otti said this at his monthly media interactive session held at the Government House, Umuahia on Sunday night. He said that money saved from frivolous spending by past administrations had made it possible for his government to pay salaries and pensions as and when due and also mobilise contractors to site for the ongoing major developmental projects. The governor said that cutting down the cost of governance remained a necessity for achieving enhanced development and economic stability in the state. “We have been able to save money from FAAC by stopping frivolous expenses such as paying a certain amount of money to ‘stakeholders’. “In the new Abia, if you want to get money, then you have to work and earn money,” he said. Otti said that the present administration was focused on financial reengineering to ensure that the resources of the state were properly handled by professionals for best results.
He promised that the government would not relent in ensuring prompt payment of salaries and pensions. The governor also spoke on the alleged cases of some workers being underpaid, saying that government did not have any policy on shortchanging civil servants. He, therefore, urged workers with issues bordering on salaries and pensions to write to the acting Head of Service and relevant agencies for redress. Otti said that the decision to conduct the verification of workers and pensioners was informed by the need to ascertain the actual number of people on the state government’s payroll. He said that the exercise had yielded positive results. On education, he said that government was focused on improving the education system and standard in the state. “We want to get to building public schools that would have laboratory, conducive learning environment and staff quarters, among other amenities. “When we are done, then any private school that wants to stay in business will have to upgrade their school to the standard that has been created in public schools,” Otti said. He expressed profound gratitude to Abia people for their “massive support to my administration” and promised that he would not betray their trust in him.
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