We’re ready to conduct council polls in September – Abia govt

The government has stated its readiness to conduct local government elections into the seventeen local government areas of the state in September 2020.

The Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, in a press statement in Umuahia, said the decision followed the resolutions of the executive council meeting on Thursday.

He said it was alos resolved that: “That the Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC) provide details of the cost and required logistics support to conduct local government elections in all the 17 LGAs of the state on or before September 30, 2020.

“Council applauded the efforts of security agencies in Abia for maintaining the prevailing peace and tranquillity in the state.

“That the executive Council condemns failed attempts by political actors in the state to sponsor violence and anarchy through malicious publications and politically motivated protests aimed at inciting the people of the state into anarchical behaviour.

“Council wishes to re-emphasize that while government maintains its policy of non interference with active investigations by constitutionally empowered agencies, it will not sit idly by and watch desperate individuals or groups drag the state into avoidable chaos over issues that are at best under investigation.

“Council restated its determination to ensure that no ongoing project of the administration will be abandoned.

“Council directed the state ministry of housing to ensure that the new Government House at Ogurube Layout is ready for commissioning before the end of year 2020.

“Council reviewed ongoing road projects in the state and urged the state ministry of works to ensure that the current dry weather window is maximized to deliver as many projects as possible.

“Council applauded the state ministry of finance for stabilising salary payment before the end of every month as well as successful negotiation and payment of new minimum wage to Abia workers and urged the sustenance of the progress made so far.

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