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General News of Thursday, 2 November 2023


Abia Gov, Alex Otti gives reasons for operating from private residence in hometown

Abia State Governor, Alex Otti Abia State Governor, Alex Otti

Abia State Governor, Alex Otti has explained his reason for running the affairs of the State from his private residence in Isiala Ngwa South, rather than the government house in Umuahia, saying that it was to save cost.

This is even as he has reiterated his administration’s commitment to assisting indigent members of society, through scholarships and other sponsorship.

Otti made this known on Wednesday when he received the world leadership of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, led by the General Conference President, Pastor Ted Wilson, who visited him in commemoration of the church’s centenary anniversary celebration.

He explained that he chose to operate from his private town to manage resources and save costs, saying that he would continue running his government from his hometown in Nvosi, until infrastructural, health and educational problems challenging Abia State are dealt with.

Otti insisted that fixing the governor’s office was not a priority for him at the moment, saying that assignment can only be attended to when he is through fixing immediate problems challenging the state.

“Good governance starts with managing the cost of governance. If you’re not careful, the limited resources could be deployed to managing the government rather than managing the governed,” he said.

“By the time we came in in May, we found that we were going to spend a whole lot of money fixing the Governor’s Office. Luckily, we have here, (facilities at home) and can run from here. We’ll continue to do this until we have been able to deal with a lot of the hygiene problems; problems of health, problems of education, problems of infrastructure; infrastructural decay particularly in Aba and a lot of the other hygiene problems we’re dealing with in the state.

Speaking earlier, the General Conference President, Ted Wilson thanked the governor for his efforts in the state, saying that the visit to Abia was in commemoration of the centenary celebration of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Nigeria.

He also encouraged all to assist the government in providing quality education, healthcare services and active involvement in community development.

Pastor Wilson described the centenary celebration as a unique opportunity to remember the past and how God has led the Church so far in the West and Central African region.