Rochas stole Imo dry, laid the state desolate ~ Prof. Chidi Odinkalu

by on July 18, 2019

A human rights activist, Prof Chido Odinakalu, has expressed his displeasure as to how the past administration under Rochas Okorocha discharges duties, handling of state government properties and spendings.

He took to twitter in a thread to air his discomfort, his tweets below;

“In Imo State, meanwhile, the work of a 7-person Financial Advisory Team has got underway, led by Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, former Director-General of Nigeria’s Debt Management Office (DMO). Some of the stuff coming out is beyond mind-boggling

Under @realRochas as Governor, Imo State had over 260 accounts with various financial institutions. It appears that the Governor was himself sole signatory quite a good number of these accounts. The public servants in the state knew & said nothing.

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Under @realRochas all the State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) contracts in the state were awarded to one single contractor. In all over N3.67 billion worth of contracts went to this 1 contractor who was the Governor’s front. Meanwhile the Governor was touting “FreeEducation”

As Governor, @realRochas created 31 Ministries, including one for “Happiness & Couple Fulfilment”, with over 39 permanent Secretaries & an unknown number of advisers. @EmekaIhedioha as Governor has decided to prune the Ministries to no more than 17.

Over a period of 8 years, it’s an understatement to say #RealRoachas stole Imo State dry & laid the state desolate. Turning around the state from his reign of pillage & plunder will require a lot of work & may be a bit of a miracle. SMMEs like @PMTNigeria will be needed to do it.

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In his last year in office, it appears, @realRoachas had released to or for him in cash from the coffers of Imo state, something in the region of some N119bn (one hundred & nineteen billion Naira). All official cars in the state were stolen or looted; the Govt house was plundered

As we speak, Imo State’s @EmekaIhedioha has to operate from his private home; all senior state officials have to work from their private premises & use their private cars for official work. It’s impossible to describe in words the damage @realRochas did. It’s unspeakable crime.”

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