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Abia Gov Orji Signs N115.3 Billion 2014 State Budget into Law

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Governor Orji signing the 2014 budget into law

Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, has signed the state’s 2014 budget of N115.3 billion into law.

In December 2013, the governor proposed a budget of  N149.6 billion to the State House of Assembly for the 2014 fiscal year, however; the lawmakers reduced it, approving N115.3 billion instead.

The budget is expected to accelerate the completion of all on-going legacy projects  in various sectors of the Abia economy, expand  the revenue base of the state, and also reposition the state economy by fostering sustainable growth.

Among other projects, the budget will be used for construction and renovation of schools, youth empowerment programmes, provision of housing accommodation for public servants, and the renovation of roads and security, Punch reports.

22 Comments

  1. nene

    April 4, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    the worst state in nigeria. what is he going to use this money to do? if this man does nothing with this money, he must be jailed when his tenure is finished. the past governor used the state’s money to buy several airplanes to start an airline, he even opened a bank in gambia amongst other things. Governor Orji fix Abia state oh, don’t use your state’s money for personal purposes. sometimes i wonder what northern governors use the state’s money for because the north is a huge shit hole with beggars littered all over. greedy nigerians!

  2. Payche

    April 4, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, am not even gona bother myself to read once I saw the caption the first summary in my heart was ‘I PITY ABIANS’ this man will eat the state to penury and when he’s gone they’ll cry fowl. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  3. @edDREAMZ

    April 4, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Thats one big money to be giving out, i just wish this people knw the punishment that awaits them….. Still on still this goverment work is one in a million, my pikin must be politician…
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

    • Edu

      April 4, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      So what you could understand from this is that he’s giving the money away? Smh! I guess you supposedly went to school too?

  4. Edu

    April 4, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    All these commenters sef! How many of you have ever been to Abia? Why judge a man who is being fought by a predecessor with enormous media might? Would you people prefer he stopped working and let that predecessor have access to the state funds? You all should try and be objective for once nau

    • Obi

      April 4, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      I’ve been there. I’ve lived there. I’ve seen the horrible state of things. I’ve often discussed starting up a road construction co-op or even general infrastructural development co-op … definitely a public-private partnership on a small scale first (taking a cue from Garki Hospital) then expand. But will my uncles who take money for drink and then sell even their own backyard toilet to get more money … will they ever see the need for radical development?

  5. Aaron

    April 4, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Reduction of budget with out any fight between his excellency and the house is a sign of good governance to me instead you guys blabbing about his excellency doin dis and dat, he is focused and i still prefer him dan Orji Kalu tho…

  6. Adaeze

    April 4, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    This is good! I went through the list of the legacy projects and they are quite promising. God help us all!

  7. Kachi

    April 4, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    @Aaron i totally agree with you on this one,nigerians no go even allow you drink water drop cup dem go just dey yarn okpaks…

  8. Payche

    April 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    @ Edu I was waiting for a response from someone like you, i go to Aba every month so if am talking am not talking from a shallow perspective, if you feel Aba is so good, pls try passing Aba/Port Harcourt road in Aba then you’ll understand deeply that this man has done nothing in Aba, the only place that is manageable is Umuahia. Ariaria is a mess, not talking about blocked and dilapidated carnals and the grasses that beautifies the State.

    • Obi

      April 4, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you. Aba was and still is, a major commercial hub. But you would never know just by driving on the roads. It used to be that the contractors who were “sent” would grade the red sand, and pour rocks into the potholes. At least you saw them on the roads working right? Where was the water to drain when the road is lower than the level of houses/ compounds? Well, it stayed on the roads, the rocks simply sank lower into the ground and caused car owners frequent trips to the mechanics. No gutters. Nothing. Umuahia looks better cos its the capital. Now if it wasn’t …

  9. Juju

    April 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I personally think this is good. How many Governors have done half of what the ABIA state Gov is doing? My own state, ZERO! Thumbs up Gov TA Orji.

  10. Edu

    April 4, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    @payche. I hate to inform you that Aba/PH road is a federal road. Is there any other one you’d like to discuss?

    • Obi

      April 4, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      NTA was proudly showing construction on northern roads a few weeks ago. I applaud all progress. But I beg that progress be extended south as well. Or are there barbed wires stopping the free flow of goodwill that way? Well, my own quarrels have always been with members of the Abia community, not really with the Fed Govt. When govt refuses to do his/her work, we can try to force his/her hand by doing it and demanding refund or payment in kind … “try”. But to commend the efforts of said govt … well, I haven’t seen anything to commend or criticize. I simply don’t feel the govt’s impact.

  11. Santos

    April 4, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Obi i understand your pains because “you” personally have not been “directly” affected by the government, so let me ask you “if a tree falls in a jungle and no human or animal was present to witness it, does it mean the tree didnt fall?” i hope you get the point, no offence. the fact you havent been directly affected doesnt mean the man hasnt done much better than his predecessors. I’m sorry about how you feel but i’d also advice you to do more than complain, do the little that you can do for Abia State, so we can be where we deserve to be. One Nigeria.

  12. Aaron

    April 5, 2014 at 12:42 am

    @Santos dats all *in NSDC guy’s voice*

  13. Payche

    April 5, 2014 at 7:38 am

    @ Edu, thanks for the enlightenment I know he did better than his predecessors, am only saying the impact is too small compared to the expectations from his people.

  14. Edu

    April 5, 2014 at 9:27 am

    @payche do u have a minute? Kindly visit abialegacyprojects.com and see what the Govt has achieved on the meagre revenue they get. You may confirm what the state gets from Fed Min of Finance website too

  15. Stephanie

    April 5, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Na wa
    blogsvila.blogspot.com

  16. Santos

    April 6, 2014 at 4:31 am

    haha, thank you @Mr Aaron.
    and @Mr Edu, thanks a lot for coming up with this link, now people can see how much he has done. @Payche i am happy you have admitted that he has been an improvement compared to those who spent 8 years doing nothing.

  17. mrs chidukane

    May 6, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Chineke meee! Where was I when this story was posted? Abia remains the most backward state in Nigeria. Anyone that says otherwise is a sycophant or directly gaining from the Governor. Which legacy project? Which school renovation? Which road?is it ohanku that water flows into people’s homes?Or Ngwa road that is a slum?Or ph roaad that is unmotorable?Abi ariaria that has turned to a swimming pool? Chai,I can’t believe this.All the roads are bad,the state University is always on strike, everyday his touts harass people with frivolous rates,pay this pay that yet nothing to show for it,refuse dumpsites overflowing into the streets everywhere? how is he better than his predecessors? Who is blocking his way?This man that charges market people 3,500 naira per shop as infrastructure levy amounting to billions cos of the large number of markets in aba?How will the House quarrel with him when there was no election and he handpicked them?Someone that openly said he bought his votes? It’s a pity that he’ll get away with all these because the EFCC doesn’t have the will to prosecute people like this. If not, this man belongs to prison.

  18. ifeanyi

    December 23, 2014 at 12:16 am

    God bless you @mrs chidukane,if thr is an award for the worst abia gov is suppose to win it every year,he rules the state with lies,deceit,intimidation and force,abia and aba especially is the most dirty and unkempt town in the whole of Nigeria,the people pay all kinds of levy,frm infrastructural levy,to ground rate,house rate,property rate, all these money are paid,plus allocation still he owes all civil servants,state university tuition is almost 150k,state polytechnic the least is 50k, the man is a common criminal,he belongs to the prisonyard as simple as that.

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