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The former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim has in two occassions written personal letters to the incumbent governor of the state, Gov. Rochas Okorocha lamenting of the state of the state, andgiving advise on how to turn things around.
In this interview, he lamented on number of issues and slams the governor for bringing the state to such low ebb in its history.
Excerpt from the interview:
“The buildings you are talking about are of no economic value and more than 80 percent of them are substandard structures and are not under use. Even if you want to count buildings as achievement, let the governor tell us how many buildings he has erected with the N982 billion revenue he has collected in six years, since he is a builder. How much of that went to the building of his Eastern Palm University in his family compound in Ogboko. What did he build with the N26.6 billion I handed over to him? Since he is a builder, on which building did he spend the N13.2 billion bond money I left behind? Even the Cargo Airport you are talking about, which year’s budget captured the N7 billion Cargo Airport project? The Eastern Palm University in his family compound is said to be a private-public sector project. Can he tell the people of Imo who the private partner or partners are? I recall that that university started as a purported plan to relocate the Imo State University to Ogboko. But when the people protested, Okorocha cunningly claimed that he had dropped the plan, but continued to build the structures. Since then, the university has been known by at least three names. It was first named Imo European University. Today, he is calling it Eastern Palm University. Mark my words; the university may end up as Rochas Okorocha American University.
“As a builder that he is, Governor Okorocha has built a massive private residence in Owerri, which they call Spibat. It is covering over 60 hectares of land. It raises goose pimples, because, as far as I’m concerned, that fortress is built on the graveyard of the citizens of the state. When a large number of our people have no roof over their heads, others are sleeping under the trees, the governor acquired for himself a private residence of over 22 storey buildings. That’s obscene and an affront to the good people of Imo State. The Spibat compound is bigger than the size of the Imo State University campus in Owerri and bigger than the Aso Rock Villa, the official residence of the President of Nigeria.
“We know why Governor Okorocha is donating the people’s structures to the armed forces and police. The hospitals are meant for the people. When was it agreed that the structures should be donated to anybody? My inquiry from members of the State House of Assembly shows that they do not know about it. In any case, I have gone through the 2016/2017 budgets of the army, police and air force; they never budgeted for hospitals in Imo State. He just wants to militarise the state, believing that that will offer him any political or electoral advantage in the future. If he likes, let him also donate the 27 local government headquarters that are now overgrown with weeds to the military. In any case, the purported donation does not obliterate the fact that the hospitals are not functional and that the health system in the state has collapsed, with no single consultant in the employment of the state government.”