Governor T.A Orji and foreign trips

(By Odimegwu Onwumere)

It can be construed that the government of Abia State-led by Orji is doing everything within its reach to launder its decrepit representation. If not, how could the same government which last year amplified how it gave and shared (N10 billion?) to farmers be talking about imploring the services of a Canadian company in the area of agriculture?

IT has become obvious that the Abia State Government House, Umuahia, is no longer conducive to Governor T.A Orji, as he is seemingly bent on spending more time abroad than at home. He just returned from a weeklong trip from Canada that his kowtowing aides dubbed economic trip and as well described it as “a huge success”. Whatever this means!

The “huge success” Orji could not give to Abia people in the cause of governance is what he has always enjoyed abroad where government knew the true meaning of governance and has made sure that success always comes to play, while the governor was mouthing that his trip was investor-friendly.

Addressing Abians who thronged the Umuahia Government House Banquet Hall, shortly after his return, he said he had discussed areas of interest with prospective investors. Always making cymbal out of any journey he made to overseas, Orji would rent his cronies and friends to throng the Government House, Umuahia, to celebrate his return. Hooey!

The same last year, he was travelling like school children on excursion to Abuja and Lagos, luring and lobbying Abia people in the places to believe his speechifying that works were going on in Abia State, when such speech-makings were only but a ruse.

Orji’s fresh trip to Canada will not make a difference from other ineffectual trips he had made and told the world that very soon Abia State would be flooded by investors. The saddening part of the whole nuisance is that his government functionaries who always enjoy the trips with him will not call him to order that Abia people are asking questions about the much touted Monorail and Waste management projects that his government spent the Abia people’s hard earned money in the media advertising elusive projects that only existed in the minds of the Orjis than those projects could possibly be drawn on ground in Abia State. But at his back, you hear the same government functionaries bemoaning their unhappiness with the ‘Emperor of Abia State’.

Do we still remember the German company which only came for presentation on the waste management project in the state and the government advertised the visit in the media as if it had a contract signed with the German company? The same thing is about to happen as it was news that Orji had instructed some of his aides to make sure that the apparently Canadian investors visit the state soon.

It can be construed that the government of Abia State-led by Orji is doing everything within its reach to launder its decrepit representation. If not, how could the same government which last year amplified how it gave and shared (N10 billion?) to farmers be talking about imploring the services of a Canadian company in the area of agriculture?

We are not even talking about environmental control in the state on which a lot of money has been spent on contracting the services of indigenous contractors, yet Abia State is changing from bad to worst in waste management.

The issue of oil and gas in Abia State is a story for another day. Can anyone imagine that Orji was quoted as saying that his ‘business’ trip to the Canada would strengthen the two-pronged relationship between Nigeria and Canada, as if he is the President of Nigeria. No doubt, Orji lacks the perimeter of governance!

The trip can never be in the overall interest of Abia State as he wanted us to believe, when Orji could not utilise the resources already in the state. He expected that the people-oriented programmes that Abia people have always been tasty of under his government could only see the light of the day when foreign investors come and manage our affairs.  Was it not the same Canada that the governor said that would be building monorail in Abia State? Where is the Monorail?

Why is it that anytime Orji returned from any trip overseas, he calls for celebration? When he has nothing to show in Abia State in terms of dividends of democracy and when Abia people in the state wear baked tears with only repose on fate to give them a better governor in the future who would polish the state from the ruins it has come to suffer under Orji.

It should not surprise us if by tomorrow we read from Orji’s ingratiating aides that this writer is not certified to judge their public servant; if they will not even call Yours Truly names and fabricate stories against him because they are experts in such, and tell the world how their Bible said that the masses should pray for their leaders, even in the face of tyranny.

It is annoying that Orji always runs to overseas to contract companies there to come and help develop Abia State, even when he has refused to yield to the purportedly call by the Akwa Ibom State Government to enter into an agreement with it, so that Akwa Ibom would extend its networks of good road projects to Abia State, since Orji has an inadequate approach to good governance.

• Onwumere, poet/author, contributed this piece from Aba.

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5 thoughts on “Governor T.A Orji and foreign trips

  • May 28, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Nonsense talk , these man will never say something reasonable and positive about the governor

  • May 28, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Since the creation of Abia state, right from military aberration, how many Governors have been applauded or given a credit for welldone job? All of them went with criticisms & political scandals, by few cabals in the state. So revers will not be the case of the present Governor. Even history has forgotten those who fought for the creation of Abia state, let a lone the Governors. here is no way the world would get satisfy,so am not awed by what some people put up in the name of criticism ,but then i make bold to say that the governor is doing great to compare with the past governor who came here with a shimmer of initial gra-gra that that they past immediate governor used in siphoning our money…i just pray to God for T.A to not relent….let him strife for more excellent and precision ……………….kudos T.A

  • May 28, 2013 at 1:03 pm


    We see the hand of Onwumere but hear the voice of OUK. They should note that:

    While TAO has traveled only seven times in six years, OUK did 63 trips. Assuming TAO would embark on overseas trip another sixty three times as OUK did without fixing Abia, we would sincerely not mind. If it would take TAO one million trips to correct the criminal administration of Abia, we would vote with our legs, mouth and nose to support him. Ironically, TAO is not an International businessman, he does not own a Shipping Company, does not run an Airline nor does he have chains of businesses in Gambia, the US, Europe and Asia.

    He leaves Abia State on a mission but in the final analysis, he is determined to heal the wounds of the past.

  • June 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Pls, the public should not mind Gov. Orji boys better called liars. This is how they have been labeling Odimegwu Onwumere with malicious stories. But don’t worry, we Abians know that these Ugochukwu Emezues, Obed Nnajis will pay back for all their atrocities very soon against an innocent Odimegwu Onwumere.

    Pls read the following to understand their lies and mischievous tactics: Angel Michael must praise Gov. Orji

    By Odimegwu Onwumere

    A people without shame do not regard honour. This is what the government in Abia State and its agents have turned out to become. They are barefacedly defending every truth that I posited in my article titled, “Gov. Orji and foreign trips” with their feint tactic.

    What makes their response boring and a ploy is the groundless lies they laced their article with. Just one cynical article they wrote, they have used over seven pseudonyms to pass their hard-to-sell message. It was either Amaka Dike was posting it online, or Nnachi Kalu, or Eddie Onuzuruike or Barrister this or Doctor that was posting the same article to the unsuspecting editors to publish. So, you can see how virtue is wholly extinguished in the Governor T.A Orji-led government of Abia State.

    Just read The Guardian, Wednesday, 05 June 2013, their article titled “Re: Gov Orji and foreign trips” and the one in the National Mirror of June 6, 2013, titled “Onwumere’s distortion of facts” and be shocked and shamed how many names are being used to circulate just one article. This is just their trademark. Gov. Orji boys are not proud using their real name to write an article in a government that has been widely known as unenthusiastic and jaded.

    For your judgement, click or copy and paste the following URLs differently on your browser if you cannot get hold of the papers prescribed and be surprised how guilt and shame are working side-by-side in the Government House, Umuahia, where Gov. Orji sits like a spell-bounded individual while his boys inveigle him with lies that are always attracting shame. No wonder he booted many of them out of office recently; but yet, they are hanging around labelling critics (like me) with fictitious rape, extortionist, blackmailer etc. puckish stories.

    As if one commentator on one of the blogs was in my mind when he was commenting, he wrote: “I wouldn’t know why the revered editor of this papper published these lies for Gov. T.A Orji mischievous boys. Since 23rd May, this article has been in circulation with over seven pseudonyms writing one article. Pls, to buttress my point read Guardian of 5 June and be surprised the distortion these boys are making in the by-line and content of the article, or you Google “Gov. Orji returns from Canada trip” and be surprised how they singled out their boss in that article for cheap publicity till the innocent Odimegwu Onwumere they are now calling names picked from the content and wrote. Seeing that the tactic in hoodwinking the masses has failed, they started re-writing and adding where Angel Gabriel praised Gov. Orji for all his (mis)application of governance. One thing is certain; Odimegwu Onwumere is a good writer, not a blackmailer & all those unprintable things these Orji boys are circulating against him in the Internet. Ride on, Odimegwu Onwumere. People are reading you. Cheers,” the commentator wrote.

    One of the misfortunes of Gov. Orji government is that in trying to bury his government’s shame his boys so far exhumed much real shame as well. When they noticed the facts in my article that Gov. Orji was travelling outside the country so much, they now changed from the real story where I wrote from, to the falsehood they expressed in their marooned response to my article just to sideline the thinking of the public, which is all negative about their government in Abia State, by bringing in the names of different Nigerians who they said were on the trip with the governor to Canada. So, why were the names of these people not brought in, in the earlier news they made out of the trip, which can be found in the immediate website with the URL and in other news portals? There is no gainsaying the fact that the government has been hoodwinking the public with such information, which was supposed to be involving the people that were concerned, but Gov. Orji boys removed their names just to score cheap political gains; therefore making Nigerians to believe that their governor was always travelling to attract foreign investors.

    Time has started to unfold what their cunning hide. Read their article where they involved the names of top shots in Abuja who they said have praised their governor for “job well-done” in Abia State. I say that it is time for the biblical angel Michael to visit the governor and praise him in the ways known and recorded of the angel Michael for not performing in our state. Somebody say Amen.

    Somebody should tell them that they are living in shame and want to die in shame. It is a case of seemingly that what these Orji boys have resorted to doing is to be awarding online media outfits with adverts to calm them not publish stories that are not praise singing their governor again.

    It was once purported that they pay heavily to the online media to pull down any articles from the critics of their government they saw that revealed much of the shenanigan government they are not proud of with their names. It is a pity!

    However, I will never do same. I know that it was written that “Shame is an unhappy emotion invented by pietists in order to exploit the human race”. And this is Gov. Orji boys’ trade in stock. Wait for me to publish vital documents that I have about this government. The battle has just started.

    Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Author, contributed this piece from Rivers State. E-mail:

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