The Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha claims that his government would be handing over 42.5 billion Naira to the incoming Emeka Ihedioha administration.
Backdrop: He made this known during a swearing in ceremony of new permanent secretaries, Head of Service and Accountant General.
Per Gov. Okorocha: “My government has kept aside a total of N42.5b for the in-coming government, and for that reason, I will set up a sub-committee to make sure that the projects they are attached to, come to fruition even when I am out of office because government is a continuum.”
The breakdown of the amount, based on his claims:
N8.1 billion — Payment of salaries and capital projects
N5.2 billion — Payment of pension arrears
N7.6 billion — Renovation of schools
N21.6 billion — Construction of rural roads
What Okorocha is not saying:
- Imo state debt profile stands at over 98 billion Naira (N98,782,494,271.48) as at December 31, 2018.
- Several labour unions have accused Gov, Okorocha of owing them salaries for more than a year. Doctors in the state who embarked on a strike last month have accused the Governor of paying only 70% of their salaries in about four years.
Bottom line: With all of these hanging over the head of the incoming administration, one can hardly call what Okorocha is leaving behind (if indeed his claim is to be believed) a surplus.