Almost two years into Governor Rochas Okorocha’s tenure, the Government House Press is reporting that His Excellency has V-O-W-E-D to recover N62 Billion naira which they say was L-O-O-T-E-D by the Ikedi Ohakim administration.
While some may regard this as medicine after death, many of us are curious to know how this will unfold. Someone should correct us if we are wrong abeg, did Governor Okorocha not say that he would not probe the erstwhile administration? So what went wrong?
According to the Government House Press, onye isi has vowed to recover about N62 Billion naira discovered to have been looted by the past administration led by Chief Ikedi Ohakim.
The state governor who disclosed this while receiving the report of Imo state committee on account reconciliation between May 2007 till May 2011 at the state government House, said that the state government will make the report available to relevant authorities such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other Security Agencies and Judicial Commission Panel of inquiry to enable them take necessary action.
Owelle Rochas Okorocha, who was worried over the amount of money looted by the past administration, made it clear that his administration will not cover any corrupt practices in the state and appealed to the Central Bank of Nigeria to assist the state to investigate the fraud.
The governor regretted that the previous administration lavished over 62 billion of state fund without accounting and completing a single project in the state, adding that his administration has embarked on several projects such as massive road constructions, building of 27 new general hospitals, construction of 305 model primary and secondary schools, free education programme from primary to the university level, Heroes square and many others with the same amount of allocation given to the past administration.
He appealed to Abuja-based to desist from blackmailing the state and further urged them to engage in constructive criticism to enable the state move forward. He also vowed that no criminal will be allowed to hold any political office again in the state.
He applauded the committee led by the deputy Governor, Sir. Jude Agbaso for a job well done and reminded Imolites that it is a mere report submitted even as he need them to exercise patience pending the outcome of the judicial of inquiry on the issues at stake.
In his speech earlier, the Deputy Governor of the state, Sir. Jude Agbaso, thanked the people for coming out en masse, and frowned at the level of embezzlement carried out by the previous administration led by Chief Ikedi Ohakim without showing anything tangible or good to the people of the state and advised Imolites to always look well before voting any politician into power. The Deputy Governor, however, regretted that bulk of all the fictitious projects claimed to have been carried out by the past administration was only done on pages of newspapers and televisions stating that the contractors of the past administration led by Ikedi Ohakim that they have paid were not actually paid and the documentation was not to be found in any file.