Governor Alex Otti of Abia State has provided a rationale for his decision to manage the affairs of the state from his residence rather than the state government house. He cited his focus on cost-effective governance as the primary driver behind this choice.
Otti articulated this during a recent visit by the global leadership of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, led by Pastor Ted Wilson, who had come to mark the church’s centenary anniversary.
In Otti’s words, “Effective governance begins with prudent financial management. Without careful oversight, a significant portion of limited resources can be consumed by administrative expenses, leaving fewer resources for the well-being of the governed.”
He further explained, “Upon assuming office in May, we discovered that a substantial amount of funds would be required for the renovation of the Governor’s Office. Fortunately, we have adequate facilities here at my residence to conduct our operations.”
“We will continue with this arrangement until we address critical issues, including healthcare, education, infrastructural rehabilitation, particularly in Aba, and other pressing concerns within the state,” Otti added. “Once we have addressed these issues and created some financial flexibility, we can then prioritize the Governor’s Office.”
Reaffirming his administration’s dedication to improving the lives of the people of Abia State, Otti highlighted the various infrastructure projects that the government has initiated across the state. These projects aim to enhance the well-being of the populace and promote equitable development in all regions of Abia.