Abia Government Takes Steps To Strengthen Project Monitoring Of Projects

...Free Medical Mission Records High Number Of Registered Persons For ANPA

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Abia State Government says it has taken steps towards strengthening its monitoring and evaluation unit for effective monitoring of all projects being executed in the State under the leadership of Governor Alex Otti.

The Commissioner for Information and Culture, Prince Okey Kanu stated this while briefing journalists.

He said that the strengthening of the unit would lead to seamless execution of projects as well as ensure that government has value for every money spent in line with specifications.

Prince Kanu said as a responsible and responsive government, the Governor Alex Otti led administration would continue to put up measures to ensure that all funds at its disposal are utilized judiciously for the benefit of Abians and other residents.

“As a responsible and responsive government, that is the way to go to ensure that all government initiatives and projects are executed in a manner that would ensure that resources of the State are optimally deployed to achieve the best outcomes that would ensure dividends of democracy for all Abians and residents in line with all government programs and policies”

The Information Commissioner also noted that the administration of Governor Alex Otti is currently embarking on a total of 27 road projects across the State and assured that Abians would continue to witness massive road infrastructure development as one of the key drivers of the economy..

On the forthcoming free medical mission to be conducted by the Association of Nigerian Physicians in America (ANPA) next month, Prince Kanu noted that over 2,500 patients have so far registered, adding that over 5000 patients are expected to benefit from the medical mission.

“The registration of patients for the ANPA medical mission is ongoing. It will come up in April , but about a month to that date , over half the number of the patients expected to benefit from the medical mission has registered. So , what that indicates is that by the time the medical mission takes off, we would have crossed the 5,000 mark”.

Prince Okey Kanu used the opportunity to inform that , it has come to the notice of the State government that there were skirmishes in Abia State University Uturu (ABSU) between two rival student groups during which a student lost his life. He however noted that some remedial actions have been taken to return normalcy in the institution, adding that investigations have equally been instituted.

“As a responsible government, some remedial actions have been taken to restore peace and order on campus . Government has dispatched security agencies to take control of the situation at ABSU and students of ABSU and indeed all tertiary institutions in the State have been advised to refrain from violence and other actions that may negatively affect their lives and studies . Investigations in that regard have been instituted”

Contributing, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Ferdinand Ekeoma said the government is yet to establish the details of what transpired but assured that once investigations are concluded the people would equally be updated.
“A few hours ago, news filtered in that there was a cult clash on campus. Of course, at this point, we would expect to get briefings from the security agencies. At this moment, what we know is that it was a cult clash but we have not established the details of what transpired. Once we do that , we will update the media.”

The Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Chinedu Ekeke and Special Adviser to the Governor on Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr. Ugochukwu Okoroafor were present at the briefing.