SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
Amid insinuations that the Governor, Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State is persecuting his predecessor, Rocha’s Okorocha, the governor on Monday dismissed the allegations, saying it was far from the truth.
He spoke to State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The governor said contrary to the claims by Okorocha, the state was making next to nothing in terms of internally generated revenue in the state .
Responding to questions by the correspondents, he said: “No that is not true, you are reading about the TSA and not about my predecessor, the TSA is an innovation we have introduced, it is something that people have applauded, it is a positive sign.
“Some days back, I addressed the people of the state to give a state of the state after 50 days in office. I am sure you must followed that through, isn’t that innovative? Was it something they did before? It takes confidence, it takes assurance by yourself to come and begin to speak to people about you have been able to attend, we are refixing government so I am not talking about the past regime that is not my focus.
“The issue is that I have been bending over backwards, I have been putting pressure on a lot of people who want certain things done. I will tell you for instance the Opacity in land administration in my state which you must have been heard.
He further explained that” so stakeholders of the state who own those lands that were taken away from them have been on the government, putting a lot of pressure to investigate but I am like just saying take it easy that is not want I am here for, we have to redesign the state, we want to regain confidence back in Imo.
“For instance maybe you are aware that only recently we are restoring autonomy of local government administration in Imo State. Today local government funds go to local government areas.
On why he came to the Villa ,he said most of the federal roads in the state are not receiving enough attention and he came to seek the president’s support.
“Infrastructurally we have significant federal roads in Imo, most of them are not receiving attention so it is important that we begin to rebuild the state in that manner.
You won’t believe that in Imo there is nowhere that we have public water running, it is strange to believe but that is the fact. So what do we do? We came in immediately we have tried to activate the water corporation so that we can get water.
So we need the Federal Government support in all facets of the economy. Government would need to support us in agriculture because government we succeeded didn’t take advantage of government policies in agriculture,” he added.
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