Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has responded to the charge by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony V. Obinna for him (the governor ) to publish the state of Imo accounts to enable the people of the state know the financial status of the state.
Obinna had last Sunday called on Governor Okorocha to publish the state accounts so that the citizenry would know the proper financial health of the state, positing that the publication of the financial state of affairs would enable the citizenry to know the true position of things.
According to the Archbishop, people were no longer comfortable that the state government under Governor Rochas Okorocha could no longer fulfil its constitutional obligation by paying workers’ salaries and pensions to retired workers which according to him, is the first line charge by every well meaning government. But, in a release signed by the chief press secretary to the governor, Okorocha stated that with the Archbishop’s call now, his government was not only going to make the accounts public but would also publish the accounts for all those willing to see or have them, to do so.
According to the statement, “The state government views the call as a patriotic one and indeed as a very serious one, having come from no other personality, than the Archbishop. The state government, most sincerely welcomes the Archbishop’s call and will act accordingly without delay. “As a matter of fact, the governor and of course, the state government had taken the Archbishop’s call in good faith and would continue to appreciate him”.
It added: “The truth also remains that the government has been announcing the financial position of the state since it came into power in 2011, but had only been doing that at functions and other public for a”. According to Okorocha, his administration had a character of respecting the views of the citizens of the state and that the Archbishop’s call could not be different.
-Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri