I’ll use rejected salaries for projects— Okorocha

Okorocha-JournalistOWERRI—The Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors Forum and Governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has expressed concern that his party “is not managing its victory very well.”

Fielding questions from newsmen in Owerri yesterday, Governor Okorocha said: “Make no mistake about it, All Progressives Congress, APC, is a good party by all standards. But my regret is that we are not managing our victory very well.”

parley: Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State (5th right), speaking at a parley with journalists in the state, weekend. With him are (from right) Mr. Acho Ihim, Speaker, Imo House of Assembly; Sir George Eche, Secretary to the State Government; Sir Calistus Ekenze, Head of Service; Mr. Kingsley Uju, Deputy Chief of Staff, all of Imo State, and others.
parley: Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State (5th right), speaking at a parley with journalists in the state, weekend. With him are (from right) Mr. Acho Ihim, Speaker, Imo House of Assembly; Sir George Eche, Secretary to the State Government; Sir Calistus Ekenze, Head of Service; Mr. Kingsley Uju, Deputy Chief of Staff, all of Imo State, and others.

When asked to assess President Muhammadu Buhari’s one year in office, Okorocha said: “I have no doubt in my mind that the old man (Buhari) will succeed. All I pleaded with Buhari to capture in the current fiscal year are in the budget. I want to assure Ndigbo that all that are due to us will definitely get to us.”

Answering a question on the raging labour war against the new pump price of premium motor spirit, the governor said he was in full support of the deregulation of the oil sector.

While using the opportunity to lampoon Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its leadership at the national and state levels, Governor Okorocha, however, revealed that he had not seen any reliable person in PDP to work with.

When reminded that Imo workers are being owed salaries since February, he said he was very comfortable with the 70:30 ratio agreement with labour, even as he warned that any time workers refused their salaries, he would use it to carry out projects.

He said: “Pension and internally generated revenue, IGR, are serious problems for me. Only recently, I ordered all the Board of Internal Revenue officers to go on leave, but they have written to say it was unconstitutional to ask  all officers to go on leave.”

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