Spokesman makes clarification on delayed construction of federal Secretriate in Abia, faults Chikamnayo’s outbursts against lawmaker
By Chijindu Emeruwa
Nnaemeka Oruh, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Honorable Member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia North/Umuahia South federal constituency of Abia State at the House of Representatives, Hon Sam Onuigbo, has called out the new Commissioner of Information and Strategy in the State, Eze Chikamnayo, over the delay on construction of federal Secretriate in Abia.
This was coming against the backdrops of a recent statements by Eze Chikamnayo during a live radio programmes anchored in Umuahia, the state capital, wherein the commissioner had stated that the title documents for the construction of the federal Secretriate have been ready, accusing the federal government of playing politics with it.
Chikamnayo had also claimed that the lawmaker representing Ikwuano/Umuahia federal constituency, Sam Onuigbo decided to raise this issue of the alleged inability of the Abia government to provide title documents because he had left the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
But reacting, Nnaemeka Oruh, in a statement issued to newsmen in Umuahia on Thursday, maintained that the delay in the realization of the federal Secretriate after thirty years of Abia creation was the state government’s inability to provide title documents for the project, regretting that untill now Abia was yet to provide the documents to the federal government.
He clarified that with the title documents, the federal government cannot start the process of costing and including the construction of the Secretriate in the federal annual budget.
Oruh reiterated his confidence that the federal government will start the process of building the federal Secretriate once the state government provides the title documents, further clarifying that the process to get the documents was ongoing as he is constantly in touch with the government of Abia state.
He also frowned at the recent statements of Eze Chikamnayo about the delay in building federal Secretriate, regretted that instead of toeing the noble path of saying he was not fully briefed on the development, the Abia commissioner decided to respond with a barrage of lies and propaganda.
According to Oruh in his statement which partly read, “this is a lie. As the attached documents, which include the governor’s letter to the Minister shows, Rep Onuigbo began this process while he was still a member of the PDP and even after he left, he has not relented. For Rep Onuigbo, it about the welfare of Abia and not political party affiliation. Or did Chikamnayo inadvertently let it slip that the state government had not released the title documents because they are playing politics with the good of Abians? For those who do not know, Rep Onuigbo left the PDP on December 17, 2020. As the documents show, kick started this process on October 23, 2019 while he was still with the PDP.
“Secondly, Eze Chikamnayo said the title documents have been ready since. Pray tell, why has the State Government not handed it over to the Federal Government? I am aware that the Federal Director of Housing, Abia State, Victor George, has also been going to the Secretary to the State Government to mount pressure for the provision of these documents, to no avail. So which documents was Chikamnayo talking about? Are the documents ready and for some reason the Abia State Government does not want to release them to the Federal Government? This is even after the Traditional Ruler of Ekeoba, His Royal Highness Eze Ifeanyi Nwokenna, had officially written to the State Government through the Secretary to the State Government officially reducing the initial compensation of N35m due to them, to N25m in order to fast track the process! Do they need a courier to send the documents to the Federal Government? If they do, I can personally come and pick them up and take them to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
“Thirdly, Chikamnayo insinuated that the Federal Secretariat project is not a “Constituency project” and that Rep. Onuigbo should be transparent about it. The question is, transparent in what way? All of the communications about the process of making this happen have been done openly with the Federal Government even communicating directly with the state government on this. In addition, Rep. Onuigbo had also met the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Chris Ezem twice (first on Saturday, August 7, 2021, and the second time on Saturday, September 25, 2021) and was assured that efforts were being made. In fact, when he met Barr. Ezem on September 25, 2021, Barr. Ezem was in the company of the Abia State Commissioner for Finance, Ahanna Uko, and both of them stated that they are working towards the provision of the documents. Was Chikamnayo shocked that not all politicians are that enthusiastic about pushing for the good of their people as Rep. Onuigbo is and thus felt something else must be his motivation? It is quite understandable that such persistence by Rep. Onuigbo would be viewed with apprehension by those within the Abia State corridors of power. After all, the ideology for them is “I and my friends first, then the people can perish for all we care.”
“And lastly, in what can be termed a complete “own goal”, Chikamnayo makes a complete mockery of his capability to be a government official when he says that the hitch with starting the building of the federal Secretariat is that Rep. Onuigbo wants the contract for the building to be awarded to his company. Pray, tell me, friends and foes, how can there be a bidding for a contract that has not even been appropriated for? Was Mr. Chikamnayo actually thinking when he said that, or as usual, he was projecting his usual propagandas and lies which everyone now knows are his stock-in-trade?
“Abia State deserves to have a federal secretariat. Those playing politics with it by refusing to process and release the title documents should please, and for once, put the good of the people ahead of their petty politics. Rep. Onuigbo on his part is not interested in their petty politics. He is willing and will always collaborate with anyone irrespective of party affiliations to ensure that the badly battered people of Abia State get some respite. I have attached proofs of the entire process here in the spirit of transparency. Transparency is the watchword of Representative Sam Onuigbo”.
See documents attached below: