A group, working under the umbrella of Igbo for a Progressive Nigeria (IPAN), has blamed political leaders and other office holders of Igbo extraction at various levels of government for under-development of the South-East geo-political zone.

Its President, Lawrence Onuzulike, who issued the blame in Awka, Anambra State, at a press conference, yesterday, vowed that IPAN would keep them on their toes till they become accountable to the people.

Onuzulike, who lamented the alarming level of under-development in the region despite the staggering budgets, which he blamed on the mismanagement of resources by elected and appointed officials in the region, alleged that the five southeastern states had received a cumulative federal allocation of about N3.46 trillion as at September 2020, while a total of about N800 billion was allegedly collected as internally-generated revenue for the five states between 1999 and 2019.

“The Local Government Areas in the zone received N1.88 trillion in federal allocations from 1999-2017. This is not inclusive of their internally-generated revenues.

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