Sunday, 25 July 2021 05:55

Expose me if I have stolen public funds – Hope Uzodimma

Imo State governor, Hope Uzodimma, on Saturday challenged any Imolite to expose him if he had stolen any public money since he assumed office as governor in the state.

 Addressing a mammoth crowd at Imo stakeholders meeting in Owerri to assess the progress of his administration in the last one year, Uzodinma said that he was ready to subject himself to public probity to show that he has not spent any public money since the past one year.

“As I recover Imo properties converted to personal ownership by those who have political power, back to Imo people, the same awaits me when I leave office. This is why I want to reiterate before you that I did not become governor to become richer than the state after my tenure, but to serve you in truth and with fear of God. This being so, I will leave no stone unturned in my efforts to recover all Imo people’s stolen wealth.”

“Among the recovered was the former Eastern Palm University now K. O. Mbadiwe University.

“You will also recall that insecurity was heightened in the state immediately when we opened the White Paper reports on lands.”

He disclosed also that his administration has spent over N6 billion on youth empowerment to ensure that youths do not take to crime.

Uzodimma who disclosed that over 46 roads had been constructed with several roundabouts, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his immeasurable support to restore peace in Imo State and all the security agencies for their sacrifices to ensure a secured Imo.

In their reactions,  Iwuanyanwu, Ohakim, Prof Iwu, Mike Okiro, Senator Osita Izunaso, Frank Mbata, former Imo Speaker, Acho Ihim commended the governor’s courage in tackling issues of security and infrastructural development.

The lawmakers led by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Paul Emeziem and other lawmakers present passed a vote of confidence on the governor.

The Chairman of traditional rulers, Eze Emmanuel Okeke, also commended the governor saying that the governor has made the traditional rulers in the state proud and pledged royal support for the governor.

Among the personalities that attended the event include: former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim; former Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro;  PG, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Prof. George Obiozor; Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu; former INEC Chairman, Prof. Maurice Iwu;  Chika Okafor, Jerry Chukwueke and Senator Frank Ibezim.

 

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