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Abia poly : H’Assembly com’tee vows to unravel alleged mis’mgt

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Abia poly : H’Assembly com’tee vows to unravel alleged mis’mgt

By Leonard Egwuma

The Abia House of Assemby ad hoc committee has vowed to unravel the conundrum at the Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, within the confines of the law.

Chairman of the committee and member representing Umuahia South state constituency, Hon.. Jerry Uzosike ,said this while briefing newsmen on Thursday at the assembly complex in Umuahia.

He said the committee had started work in ernest and would unravel the issues bothering on economic sabotage, over-bloated staff and other crises rocking the institution.

The former Council Chairman said the committee would look into why salaries were owed, how they generate their income and how the spend it.

He said that the committee had already sent invitations to the relevant stakeholders, including the unions and management of the polytechnic.

“This committee will protect the whistleblowers. Need individuals and groups from Abia Polytechnic community, even past workers to provide us with useful information,” the chairman said.

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He said that the committee was given two weeks to submit its report.

Corroborating, Mr Chijioke Chukwu, a member of the committee, said that the committee would not witch-hunt anybody but rather do its work well.

Chukwu, a member representing Bende North, said, ” Abia Poly is the only polytechnic in Abia. There is no federal polytechnic in the state. So we can’t allow it to fail.

“It is a serious institution that is supposed to generate revenue to the government. We will not compromise.”

Also, Mr Phillip Igwe, another member of the committee restated the committee’s resolve to do its work diligently.

Igwe, a lawyer and member representing Umunneochi, said, ” If we don’t change the system somewhere it is going to collapse.

“You can’t have a system where you are pumping money but nothing is coming out of it.”

Wawa Global reports that the House, had during the plenary on Tuesday set up different ad hoc commitees to probe some non performing parastatals and agencies of the government.

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This was following a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Mr Solomon Akpulonu, as “a matter of urgent public importance.”

The plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr Chinedum Orji, expressed worry, especially about the non payment of salaries amounting to three to 10 months by the parastatals and agencies.

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