The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has finally approved the payment of November and December salaries for civil servants in the state.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by the state Commissioner for Information, Nnamdi Obiaraeri, it was informed that the motive was to ensure that all the state’s employees had seamless Christmas.
“This is to announce that the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has approved the immediate payment of the November and December 2017 salaries of Imo workers,” the statement reads.
“This is to enable our esteemed Imo workers to celebrate seamless Christmas. Payments have duly commenced.
“Any worker encountering any difficulties with the approved payments should not hesitate to contact the Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment for immediate intervention.”
The non-payment of salaries in Imo State by Gov. Okorocha span as far as 2014 and has caused series of disgruntle among indigenes and entire people of South East.
A certain group in the state known as the Youths for Human Rights Protection and Transparency Initiative (YARPTI) had expressed anger with the continuation of the policies which enrich the wealthy few while further impoverishing the poor working masses, as well as the financial mismanagement of the state by the APC governor.
YARPTI described the situation as highly immoral and unacceptable for Mr Rochas Okorocha who claim not to have money to pay workers to be living ostentatiously on the resources of the State while workers, pensioners and their dependents continue to suffer.
The Human Right group maintain that behind the financial crisis facing Imo State is the gross misappropriation and misuse of state resources, adding that Okorocha’s government, through pro-rich, contractor-oriented policies and programmes, have ruined the state’s economy. According to YARPTI, the goal of economic management and governance of Okorocha is not to satisfy the needs of the majority of the populace – particularly the working people, but to maximise profits and increase the wealth of a minority rich few.
They said his system of government means unending poverty, misery and hardship for the overwhelming majority of the society in the midst of potential abundance, adding that uplifting the living standards of the masses and improving education, health, housing, roads and providing other basic necessities is the last in his calculations.
A statement by the group partly reads:
“We are aware that State and Local Government allocations have continued to accrue in the state but with little impact on the socio-political and economic development of the state. Through persistent investigation, we have confirmed that Governor Rochas Okorocha has looted Imo blind but we are certainly aware that the Governor could not have acted alone in the looting of the state.
In a bid to expose criminals in government circle in Imo, YARPTI has resolved as follows
To investigate the activities of the wife of the Imo State Governor
To investigate the activities of the Chief of Staff to the Governor
To investigate the activities of the Secretary to the Imo State Government
To investigate the activities of the Accountant General of the State
To investigate the activities of the Head of Service of the State
To investigate the activities of the Permanent Secretaries in the State
To investigate the activities of the Chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers
To investigate the activities of the former Commissioner of Finance who is now a Federal Lawmaker
To investigate the activities of all the immediate past Commissioners in Imo State
To Investigate the activities of the former Secretary to the Imo State Government
To investigate the activities of Governor Okorocha’s relatives led by his elder sister Madam Geraldine Obinali
To investigate the activities of some other government officials not mentioned here
Also YARPTI has resolved to look into the activities of the following government establishment
Imo Statesman Newspapers Limited
Imo Broadcasting Corporation
Adapalm Nigeria Limited
Imo Concord Hotel
Imo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (ISOPADEC).”
The Human Right group express hope that the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, will expose the character of some persons in Imo State, including the former Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly.