Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has blamed the precarious financial health of the state on the alleged fraudulent activities of political appointees, senior staff of ministries and parastatals, as well as local government workers.
The governor’s position was made known via a Government House press statement signed by the his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, as fear of serious labour crisis looms in the state.
“The internally generated revenue of the state government is about the least in Nigeria, as a result of fraudulent activities of the political appointees, senior staff of ministries, parastatals and local government workers. My administration will deal ruthlessly with anybody caught in the act”, Okorocha warned.
In the statement, Mr. Okorocha indirectly indicted his administration as he revealed his government had been paying salaries to ghost workers and dead people.
“On my tours to some of the government establishments and parastatals, particularly the Health Management Board, I noticed with dismay that most of the workers do not come to work. It appears the state government pays wrong people salaries”, the governor disclosed.
Furthermore, Gov. Okorocha recalled with grief that at some of the state general hospitals he visited, “only one nurse was on duty Ina hospital that has 14 doctors”.