Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) worldwide has urged Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, to empower the youths as well as grant amnesty to kidnappers and militants to surrender arms to reduce crime in the state.
The group also tasked the governor to address the deplorable condition of federal and state roads in the city to boost trade and commerce which is the major occupation of the people of the state.
The youths, however, advised the governor not to allow litigation over his position to distract him from discharging his duties to the people of the state.
In a press release signed by its National President, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Ohanaeze Youths appealed to the governor to think out of the box and develop people oriented policies capable of bringing food to the doorstep of the people.
The youth group further urged Ikpeazu to pay arrears of salaries owed workers and block revenue leakages to help address the deplorable state of infrastructure in the state.
According to the statement, “Governor Okezie Ikpeazu should sit up about the deplorable state of affairs in Abia state. He should expedite action especially in the payment of salaries, youth empowerment, road rehabilitation as well as introduction of people oriented policies to reduce the sufferings of the people. The roads are dilapidated; the youths are wasting without jobs.
“On internally generated revenue, the governor had allowed revenue to flow into private pockets and political contractors, while government lacks funds to provide basic social amenities. The governor should block revenue leakages. He should also emulate his Rivers and Imo counterpart to set up amnesty office for kidnappers, militants and criminals to surrender arms to reduce crime in the state.”