The state government says it has recovered alleged stolen N150 million at the State Universal Basic Education Board(UBEB) in the recently concluded Staff verification exercise.
Governor Dave Umahi disclosed this at Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre, Abakaliki, during an interactive session with journalists to mark this year’s Independent Anniversary and the 19 years celebration of the state creation.
He said that the result of the verification exercise will soon be released which will reveal the total number of ghost workers discovered during the exercise and that more stolen money will be recorded.
He commended Auditor General Chief George Ukpai for his wealth of experience that he brought to bear into the exercise which has yielded result in terms of recovery of looted funds and reiterated his commitment to tackle corruption in the state.
He expressed regret that the solid foundation that was built by the first civilian administration was not followed by the last administration, but added that all the local governments in the state must have at least one asphalted road in the next 2 years of this administration.
He announced that his government will construct 2km Agbaja -Nwofe road in Izzi Local government, which is now impassable and that he will build markets in all the 13 Local government areas to boost internally generated revenue. Governor Umahi also disclosed that his government would reconstruct the Amaudu – Abaomege Afikpo High Way, adding that he has written to President Buhari seeking for approval to enable him begin work on the road because of its importance to the state.
According to him, he has directed the Commissioner for Works ,Engr. Fidelis Nweze to advertise for bids this week for the construction of the roads because of the urgency of the matter.
– Wilfred Chimeremeze, Abakaliki