Abia Good Governance Forum, AGGF has observed that good governance is neither thinkable nor feasible without an adequate societal development.
To this end, the group suggested a well organized parallel debate among all the year 2023 Abia governorship candidates, where they will be accessed by the populace on issue regarding state management, good governance, corruption, nepotism, dependency, collaboration, stewardship, transparency, equity and justice.
A communique read by Hon. Harrison Chigozie, State Ambassador on behalf of the group which operates in collaboration with Abia Youths for Enhance Governance (AYEG), Patriotic Abia Citizen’s Initiatives (PACI), Concerned Abia Women for Development (CAWD) with the support of Abians In Diaspora for Revolutionized Change (AIDRC) and issued to newsmen in Umuahia, at the end of a one day conference on “Ensuring good governance and accountability in government in Abia State: The way forward in 2023 election”, recognized that one of the basic preconditions to sustainable development is Good Governance in all sectors of the society, including the formal government, the private sector and civil society.
While disclosing the efforts of the group to consult with all Stakeholders in the State to ensure that their noble objective is achieved, Hon. Chigozie maintained that the ambitious goals of the 2023 Agenda to unseat the non-performing Government and institute a Government that will for the development of Abia State will require significant resources and co-operation amongst well-meaning Abians to implement them.
The communique read partly, “Fortunately, the level of awareness and willingness of our people towards developmental co-operation has expanded significantly. We recognize the importance of strengthening private sector engagement in development of the State and wish to encourage Abians to elect a Governor that has effectively served in the private sector.
“The private sector is fundamentally important in driving growth, creating jobs, generating wealth, and increasing public revenues through taxation. Public resources, appropriately and effectively deployed, can mobilize significant private investment for development, crucial for achieving the required development.
“Development, human rights, and peace and security are indivisible and interrelated. We are committed to supporting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions. Considering the most recent election held at Osun State, it was observed with kin interest that power belongs to the people and not selected few who selfishly enjoyed the common wealth of the state.
“Considering the dwindling Federal Allocation to States, it has become important that we elect a Governor that understands Entrepreneurial development with in-depth knowledge of how to harness resources for fast tracked economic and social development”.
The group passionately appealed to Abia citizens to support the noble act for a better Abia, even as the State Ambassador disclosed that the body would reconvene in November, 2022 to take stock of progress in implementing the decisions and possibly adopt a widely accepted guber candidate for the forthcoming election