Acting Chairman, Social Democratic Party, SDP, Abia State chapter, Chidi Nwosu, has challenged the state government to reveal the budgetary allocation for the provision of pipe borne water and health projects in Umuahia in the last ten years.
The acting state chairman made the call while briefing newsmen on the amendment of SDP’s constitution yesterday in his office.
Nwosu noted with concern that commercial borehole businesses is booming because of the inability of the state government to provide Abians with pipe borne water as it is obtainable in other states of the federation.
He pointed out that it is only in Abia that a child born ten years ago is yet to see pipe borne water and street lights in Umuahia due to the insensitive nature of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led government.
To this end, he called on the Economic and Financial CrimesCommission, EFCC, and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, to probe the Ministry of Public Utilities over how funds allocated for the provision of pipe borne water and light were utilised.
“I call on the EFCC and ICPC to immediately arrest officials of the ministry for the mismanagement of public funds for water projects.”
Nwosu regretted that the presence of commercial boreholes in major cities in the state have taken over public taps provided by government.
“These boreholes are sunk very close to cesspits in spite of the health hazards associated with such closeness,” he said.
He called for a probe in the Ministry of Health to explain how it utilised funds appropriated by the House of Assembly for the State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS.
He said, “Abia is still in bondage and it cannot continue to remain like that.”
Two time former member of the House of Assembly expressed optimism that when SDP takes over the seat of power in 2019,it will salvage the ugly situation.
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