Lagos - The Imo State Government has slammed a local publication for questioning the retaining of Sir Jude Ejiogu as the Secretary to the administration of Governor Rochas Okorocha.
The publication earlier this week raised concern at the retention of Ejiogu, accusing him of not guaranteeing the finances of the state when he was Chairman of the Internally Generated Revenue.
However, Ejiogu’s spokesperson, Ikenna Onuoha, maintained the writer had allegedly “lost his sense of judgment” to trace the achievements of Ejiogu in that role.
He described the report as a mere “academic exercise” which had nothing to change on the image of Ejiogu.
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Onuoha further highlighted some of the achievements of his Boss when he held sway as Chairman of IGR to include, improvement of the state internally Generated Revenue from N400 million to over N700 million by end of his tenure and pioneered the enactment of Tourism/Infrastructural Development Levy Edict aimed at developing the State.
“Sir Ejiogu introduced the Electronic Vehicle Licensing on the Auto Registration platform, expanded the scope of withholding tax collections in the state and recovered outstanding revenues owed to the state government,” said Onuoha.
“Sir Ejiogu pioneered the decentralization of the state’s Internally Generated revenue with a view to boosting the overall income through the commercialization Policy of His Excellency, Governor Rochas Okorocha, and as well recovered government funds lost through excessive bank charges.”
He therefore warned the writer to desist from “peddling stories against innocent individuals which he knows were false, and as well cannot defend when called upon to do so, describing the report as an act of ignorance that should be ignored with every sense of seriousness.
- CAJ News