Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, has blasted the governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha for planning to spend over N600 million for Christmas and New Year decorations in the state.
In a statement signed by his media aide, Chibuike Onyeukwu, Ihedioha wondered why the state government should spend such outrageous amount on decorations at the expense of the payment of the bag log of salaries owed workers in the state.
Ihedioha Blasts Okorocha Over Plans To Spend N600m On Christmas And New Year Decorations
The statement read, “There are several unresolved industrial disputes, while the state’s infrastructure base has collapsed. Today, there is palpable lack of vision for the genuine development of the state, but the government chose to embark on such inciting and frivolous window dressing.
“Despite the prevailing widespread disenchantment being expressed by citizens, who recently called for his immediate impeachment over the alarming rate of hunger and insecurity occasioned by the inept handling of issues of governance and unrepentant deceit so far exhibited by the Okorocha led administration, the governor has refused to repent or address such concerns and other critical issues.
“Preparations for Christmas celebration is a tradition all over the world, however it is ridiculous and indeed smacks of insensitivity for this government to spend over N600 million on decorations when families can no longer afford their meals and basic needs as a result of non-payment of salaries, pensions and other entitlements,” Ihedioha fumed.
According to him, it is disappointing that Governor Okorocha, in over six months after election, refused to constitute his cabinet.
He added that there is no local government administration and no functional ministry, department or agency in the state.
“The governor has embarked on several trips abroad to woo non-existent investors with a view to actualizing his failed promises of aggressive industrialization and employment of youths,” Ihedioha said.