While addressing a group known as Joint Action Group (JAG), comprising of keke operators, mechanics, transporters and artisans in the state, Governor Rochas Okorocha disclosed the decision of the state government to make public the activites of Chief Ikedi Ohakim during his tenure as Governor. According to the Governor, the disclosure will be made within 14 days.
Let me inform you the decision of the present administration to bring justice to bear following your protest over the activities of the past administration. Nobody has negotiated to cover the activities of ex-governor Ohakim within the four years he governed the state, rather it may interest you to know that the panel set up to look into the activities of the former governor has just presented its report. Within the remaining 14 days of your ultimatum, we shall make Ohakim’s activities in government house known to the public.
I want to thank you for your patience so far. Honestly, I agree with you that it is worrisome that Ohakim did only 3 uncompleted projects in four years and 87 kilometer of uncompleted road project. So, the money must be somewhere and if that money is recovered, it will help to make Heath-care services free in addition to free education programme” Gov. Okorocha said.
Earlier, the leader of the group, Rev Mrs.Ngozi Amadi maintained that ex-governor Ikedi Ohakim’s squandered public funds on non-existent Oak Refinery, Midwest Airline, Dredging of Nwaorie River, Oguta Lake Resort as well as diverted substantial sum of the N18.5 Billion Bond. She, however, lamented that it has become worrisome and insulting to hear Ohakim claiming that he invested N25.7 Billion on President Goodluck Jonathan during his election as such would not be arrested by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
It will be recalled that last week, the group issued a 21-day ultimatum for Ohakim’s probe at the house of assembly complex, Owerri.
Standing up in defense, Ethelbert Okere, the Media aide to Chief Ikedi Ohakim said that thepurported demand by those he described as faceless groups, were obviously being sponsored by the Okorocha administration.
Okere further stated that apart from the fact that Imo people are too sophisticated to be asking for the probe of a regime that left over one and half years ago, urged Imolites to demand for the result of previous probes. He added that recently, the state government admitted that it met N13.2 billion which was left behind by Ohakim for various projects however, citizens were still curious to know why the projects have been abandoned.
Dr.Kelechi Okpalake who served as Commissioner for Information & Strategy under Chief Ikedi Ohakim was not silent on the issue either.
Describing the protest by JAG as unfortunate, he maintained that the Okorocha Administration was busy chasing shadows and called on them to probe themselves over the N3.1bn allegedly spent on road construction without any road to show for it.