The former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has lashed out on the growing trend of Nigerian governors requesting for federal funds to pay worker’s salary and meet other states’ statutory responsibilities. Speaking to State House Correspondents after a private meeting with the Vice President, Yemi Osinbanjo, the former governor nailed the culprit of lack of funds to carry out states’ responsibilities on the misappropriation of state funds to furnish extravagant personal lifestyle. While he believes most governors have shown good faith in meeting their responsibilities, he argues that some governors prefer “living in absolute luxury” rather than serving their people.
“I think most of these governors are doing very well and some of them also are living in the euphoria of the office. You can see most of them who are very active, I don’t need to count them for you.”
“The issue of crying for fund, honestly, in my opinion, these governors have enough fund to work for their people because if you check, the money drawn as security vote is excessive. They should stop that.”
“Unless they stop drawing on security vote they will not have enough fund to work with and most of them are living in absolute luxury, which is not their money that they worked out for. So it is impossible to continue living in this manner.”
“Most of the governors are even living in Abuja now, they don’t even live in their states, honestly. If you look at the books very well, in each trip they make, they will take traveling allowance of N35 million, which is un-heard of.”
“What are you going to do with that. So, how are we going to progress. Not all the governors. I have gone through Rivers, I see that Rivers is hitting the ground running. I have gone through Adamawa and I see Adamawa is hitting the ground.”
“I have gone through few more states, they are hitting the ground, they are working. I don’t speak with sentiments. I don’t speak for anybody. You can see those who are working and those who are not working. Let them sit down and do the job they are elected for” he said.’’