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Okorocha Says Imo To Pay Salaries In Advance, Vows Not To Hand Over To Thieves



Governor Rochas Okorocha weekend vowed not to leave the future of the state to those he called political thieves even as he disclosed that he would start paying salaries of civil servants in advance.

The governor who disclosed that the State has received N12.6billion Paris Club refund and explained that N5billion of the money has been mapped out for the payment of Pensions, spoke when he swore in eight new commissioners in Government House, Owerri.

The governor on the occasion said that as part of the strategy of paying salaries in advance, that the October and November salaries would be paid at the same time.

The governor also used the opportunity to call on the National working Committee (NWC) of All Progressives Congress, APC, led by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to submit the name of Ugwumba Uche Nwosu who he said won the party’s first and second primaries.

His words, “This may be my last swearing-in of Commissioners before I exit as the governor of the State. But I assure you that I will exit strongly. For some time now, I have been in Abuja fighting for the soul of Imo State from possible kidnap and subsequent destruction by Political thieves. When a good leader is in Power, some people may not appreciate it until a bad one comes”.

He continued “May I announce to all of you that God is going to do a great thing for Imo State and that is why you can see the quality of people that have emerged in the parties. The Candidate of APGA, you can see he showed his nature in the way he emerged. When he came to APC, he came with the same manner but we chased him away and he went to APGA and destroyed APGA. This is their system. You see the one that emerged from PDP, it is also crisis, overturning and cheating. They don’t come from the right door but from the back door”.

He added, “The only hope left for Imo State now is for Uche Nwosu to emerge as a Candidate, if not there will be total economic catastrophe when I leave as governor. Though they have spoken falsely and badly about our Candidate but nobody could say that he did 419 in Lagos or that he was an armed robber in Benin or an arrogant man or a criminal. They have actually nothing to say about him except that he is my son-in-law.”

He charged the new Commissioners to live above board and work hard to contribute to the development and growth of the State and her people, while Mr. Sunny Chiadi who spoke on behalf of the new Commissioners assured that they would not disappoint the State and the governor who gave them the opportunity to serve the State as Commissioners.

The sworn-in Commissioners were; Mr. Sunny Chiadi (Market Development), Bonaventure Akwaiwu (Special Duties & Trade & Investment), Mrs. Esther Eburuche (Housing), Mr. Patrick Nze (Information), Lady Chinyere Uwandu (Environment), Mr. Kelechi Azike (Public Safety), Mrs. Edna Okorie (Gender Development), and Engr. Chika Ezeji (IGR & Pension Matters).

The governor also moved Lady Mrs. Ugochi Nnanna Okoro from the Ministry of Agriculture to the Finance Ministry.


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