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I’m Not Bothered By Mass Defections To APC In Abia – Otti

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Contrary to insinuations that the exodus of members of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State defected to All Progressives Congress (APC), rather than the Labour Party (LP), would give Governor Alex Otti sleepless nights, the Governor has said there is nothing unusual about the bandwagon defection.

“Politics and political party are like churches where everyone is free to come and go. There is free entry and free exit in political parties.

“Those who should be bothered are the PDP whose members are leaving,” Governor Otti said while interacting with journalists.

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Otti revealed that the Labour Party in the State was also receiving defectors from the PDP and other political parties, but added, “Our government is the government of the people. What is important to us is to give good governance and that is what we are doing.”

The Governor who assured that his vision was to leave the State better than he met it by embarking on projects with positive impact on the people, also
disclosed that he had started the retrofitting of 10 primary schools and three secondary schools in each of the 17 local government areas to meet basic standard learning requirements.

According to him, the administration in an effort to make the teaching profession more attractive, has increased the retirement age of teachers from 60 to 65 years and is introducing a discriminatory compensation package as incentive to motivate teachers in the state.

On Health, the Governor said his administration had ensured the upgrade of that health facilities to meet the growing health needs of the people even as he appointed seasoned health practitioners to man various health institutions in the state.

Otti unfolded his plan to set up the Abia Medical Village with the aim of reversing medical tourism from overseas to Abia, a project he said was receiving serious support from Nigerians in the diaspora.

On road infrastructure, the governor noted that a total of 70 roads had been maintained, 10 commissioned while 20 were under construction, adding that four recently completed roads would be commissioned soon.

He disclosed that he was engaging with the management of NDDC on abandoned projects across the State to ensure their completion even as he is currently working towards disentangling the various agricultural estates in the state from the concessionaires to enable government take over and revitalize them to meet the needs of the people.

“We are trying to follow due process on developing agriculture estates. The challenge is to disentangle concessions made by previous administration with those estates.”


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