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IEI demands answers over Imo health funds

01 November 2016, 11:01Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - Igbo Ekunie Initiative (IEI), comprising of locals and others in the Diaspora, wants the administration of Imo Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to account for the alleged misuse of the Health Sector


Allegations of mismanagement and outright abuse of office by the administration have emerged, in particular that some 27 general hospitals had remained uncompleted more than five years since inception.

This is in spite of a purported loan of N85 billion collectively signed for by the local government Chairmen for that purpose.

“We also note the attempted sale of the uncompleted hospitals alongside already existing general hospitals and health centres in the state to private investors,” said Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke, IEI President.

He said the situation demonstrated the total collapse of the primary healthcare system in the state, further aggravated by unpaid salaries, pensions, wage cuts and job losses amid poverty.

The piling refuse in Owerri and elsewhere, bad roads, unpaid salaries and pensions made Okorocha’s stewardship of Imo “emblematic of waste, mismanagement, monumental corruption, and insensitivity resulting in
overall failure.”

Ezeoke said Okorocha must understand his responsibility in relation to the fundamental purpose of leadership, which is to provide for the welfare and safety of the citizenry.

“To that end, a leader must at a minimum invest and manage public resources in such a way as to achieve and maximise those fundamental ends.”

– CAJ News

- CAJ News

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