OFFICIAL REJOINDER: Chairmen Seek Okorocha’s Probe on N57b Council Cash

The attention of Imo State Government has been drawn to a fabricated story carried by the Nation Newspaper captioned “Chairmen seek Okorocha’s probe on N57b Council Cash

The story in its entirety is a misrepresentation of facts and a figment of imagination of both the author and purported source of the story. In as much as the state government doesn’t intend to join issues with the former PDP Council Chairmen whose tenure has already expired, the government will not fold its arms and allow Imolites fed with falsehood.

In the first instance, the purported figure quoted in the publication is not a true reflection of the situation on ground. Imo people are witnesses to the monumental projects completed in the 27 LGAs of the state and ongoing ones. These projects include the multi-billion Naira new General Hospitals in the 27 LGAs, massive construction of 24 kilometer rural roads in each of the local government areas and agricultural revolution embarked upon in all the LGA of the state.

It is worthy to mention that the state government led by His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha has remained accountable to the people who are not in doubt of his administration commitment to provide the basic infrastructural needs of the populace. For the avoidance of doubt, the former PDP Council Chairmen lack the competence to discuss JAAC Meeting and disbursement of Council funds since their two year tenure expired on August 8, 2012. This is even as their suit seeking for tenure elongation was dismissed by Justice Ngozi Opara of an Owerri High Court.

It is on record that His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha is running an open administration and has nothing whatsoever to hide. Against the backdrop of the erroneous impression created in some quarters by some disgruntled element, that activities in the 27 LGAs are being stalled, the state government wishes to state emphatically that various activities including developmental projects are moving on smoothly under the custody of the Directors of Administration and General Services [DAGS] who are presently in charge of the activities of the councils pending the conduct of the local government election.

However, media practitioners are advised to cross-check their facts before publication to avoid misinforming the unsuspecting members of the public thereby over-heating the prevailing peaceful atmosphere in the state.

Ebere Uzoukwa

SA Media [Print]

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