Abia University Don Professor Ukoha Calls for Return to Orji Kalu's Era of Local Government Autonomy

Abia State University (ABSU) professor in has urged Governor Alex Otti to return to the governance model of Orji Uzor Kalu, advocating for local government chairmen's unrestricted access to funds for effective grassroots development.

Abia University Don Professor Ukoha Calls for Return to Orji Kalu's Era of Local Government Autonomy
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In a compelling appeal to Abia State Governor Alex Otti, Professor Kalu Ukoha, a distinguished academic from Abia State University (ABSU), has called for a return to the governance approach of the Orji Uzor Kalu era. He emphasized the need to restore the autonomy of local government chairmen, enabling them to effectively manage their finances for the overall development of the state.

Professor Ukoha highlighted the neglect that local government areas in Abia State have faced since the tenure of Orji Kalu ended in 2007. He lamented the decline in rural infrastructure development and the proliferation of criminal activities in these areas due to the lack of attention from subsequent administrations.

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During Orji Uzor Kalu's tenure, Professor Ukoha noted, local government chairmen had the freedom to allocate funds and execute projects that directly benefited their communities. This enabled the construction of vital infrastructure such as health centers and rural roads, contributing to the socio-economic growth of the state.

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Drawing from his experiences in Ohafia, Professor Ukoha reminisced about the vibrant democracy and effective governance structures that characterized the Orji Kalu era. He cited examples of successful projects initiated by local government chairmen, facilitated by the financial autonomy they enjoyed under Kalu's administration.

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Professor Ukoha underscored the importance of returning to a governance model that empowers local authorities to address the challenges of youth restiveness, unemployment, and insecurity at the grassroots level. He urged Governor Otti to emulate the leadership style of Orji Uzor Kalu, which prioritized grassroots development and community engagement.

The university don's passionate plea resonates with many residents of Abia State who yearn for a return to the era of effective local governance. As Governor Otti deliberates on strategies to revitalize the state's governance structure, Professor Ukoha's recommendations serve as a timely reminder of the potential benefits of empowering local government authorities to drive development initiatives tailored to the needs of their communities.