BY: RALPH EJIMKONYE
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has said his administration never borrowed money from any bank either within or outside the country.
The Governor had come under criticisms from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Imo State who had accused him of withdrawing 17 billion naria from the State treasury in three days.
The Administration was also accused of auctioning State government vehicles and properties at a ridiculous fee to family members, friends and cronies.
In a statement by Okorocha’s Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemedo, he challenged any bank to openly indicate and give details of such transaction for the public to know and make a counter claim within seven days.
“We have come up with this position because the PDP is synonymous with falsehood and propaganda. And even as a Party, if they know any bank the government of Rochas Okorocha has borrowed one naira from, they should mention such Bank and State the particulars of the transaction so that interested persons can verify or forever, they should keep their mouths shut.
“Owing to Governor Okorocha’s Monumental achievements, Opponents of the administration have always erroneously concluded that he must have borrowed heavily from the banks. And that is the reason we are now stating openly that the Rescue Mission administration which Owelle Okorocha has superintended for almost 8years now has not borrowed money from any bank.
He said the State Government has paid workers salaries up to the month of February 2019, stating that payment of the month of March salary is about to commence.
“We also want to state that Imo State Government has paid Workers’ Salary upto the month of February 2019, and the payment of the month of March Salary is about to commence. In other words, the State Government is not owing any outstanding salary.
“Again, the government of Governor Okorocha is not owing any Contractor.And if any Contractor has any Claim in the contrary he or she should immediately go to the Office of the Secretary to the government of Imo State with the relevant papers before May 29, 2019. We are doing this so that people would not come after the governor.