Okonjo-Iweala urges Otti to focus on transparency, disruptive strategies in Abia

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), has urged the governor-elect of Abia State, Alex Otti to ensure transparency and good governance in his administration.

Speaking virtually at the inauguration of the 100-member Abia transition council on Friday, Okonjo-Iweala advised the governor-elect, to adopt disruptive strategies instead of traditional operational systems.

“I told the governor-elect that everything we do will depend on this governance.

“Nigerians, especially from that side of the southeast, have lost faith in governance. They no longer believe the government can provide anything for them. They provide for themselves boreholes, electricity and every other thing for themselves. Although that is entrepreneurial, but on the other hand, that is not how to run the place,” she said.

Okonjo-Iweala also called on indigenes with the capacity to assist in upgrading development to return to the state. She expressed optimism that Otti had a unique chance to set Abia on the right path of development and modernization using digital disruptive technology.

Otti, in his response, expressed gratitude to everyone who participated in the council’s inauguration.

He acknowledged that his 42-page manifesto contained his plans for the state, and it would guide the transition council in fulfilling their assignments.

“The good news is that we are prepared to do that work, and I have a lot of hope that I can draw from your expertise.

“But the governorship election has come and gone. Now, it is time for governance. We have the task to create a new Abia, and I urge everyone to join me in doing so,” he said.

The inauguration took place in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State, which Otti selected because of its deterioration.

The Chairman of the transition council, Vincent Onyenkpa, described the task as “very daunting but meant to help Otti achieve the miracle he was expected to perform in the state.”

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