Barely 24 hours after Governor Okezie Ikpeazu announced the nomination of 27 Commissioners, a group has protested the nomination of the immediate past chairman of Abia State Oil Producing Development Commission, ASOPADEC, Barr. Sam Nwogu.
Coming under the aegis Progressive People For Abia Renaissance, the group lamented the abysmal performance of the commissioner nominee while he held sway as ASOPADEC boss.
They called on the governor to urgently drop the former ASOPADEC boss or risk the effective performance for which his administration was known for.
The group recalled that Barr. Nwogu was the pioneer chairman of ASOPADED since 2009 but cannot boast of any meaningful achievement by ASOPADEC since its creation.
They further frowned that presently ASOPADEC is indebted to workers for over five months while many contractors who handled various projects are yet to be paid irrespective of huge financial allocation accruing to the commission on monthly basis.
They alleged that the former ASOPADEC boss mismanaged the funds meant for developmental projects in the oil producing communities of Ukwa which has no roads as the only road that leads to Ukwa land is not motorable, causing untold hardship to the people.
The angry group queried the rationale behind the nomination of Sam Nwogu whom they said has nothing to his credit despite his several public positions including chairman, Ukwa West L.G.A as well as NDDC Commissioner.
The release which was made available to newsmen in Abuja and signed by their Coordinator, Dr. Kalu Onyike and the Secretary, Onyebuchi Ekeke called on the governor not only to drop the nomination of Barr Nwogu but to also constitute an investigative panel of inquiry to probe his activities while he held sway in ASOPADEC to avoid the wrath of the masses, the followership and support of the people of Ukwa land.
They disclosed that plans are under way to stage what they described as “Mother of All Protest” to press home their demands.
The group reminded the governor to be aware that the out gone ASOPADEC is still battling to clear himself from the allegations of financial misappropriation pending before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Meanwhile, efforts to reach the former ASOPADEC boss proved abortive as several calls put across to him were unsuccessful.