Our Governors At A Glance
Rochas Okorocha, Governor of Imo State, was availed the news of a protest by pensioners in his state. He reacted by sending his commissioner for internally generated revenue(IGR) to find out from the pensioners what they could be served as entertainment/refreshment to be followed by negotiations with their leaders. How cheeky!! This man is something else. We have read the ICPC report on how Imo misappropriated its bail-out funds. Sad.
Governor Samuel Ortom “ingeniously” decided that the solution to the food crisis in the state was to declare Friday a work free day for civil servants. Coming at a time when the civil service in our nation is severely bloated and the call for downsizing of the government workforce has reached feverish proportions, coupled with the serious indolence among civil servants, this is a right thinking Governor’s solution to poverty? Seriously? Pray, how can less than two percent of the Benue population affect agriculture so phenomenally? With what capital? So if farming engages the civil servants, what will the teeming unemployed be doing? How many of such motivations did our parents receive to engage in subsistence farming? Why not encourage the unemployed to farm instead of further empowering the grossly under worked with time they don’t need, and indeed already have? Is this a sorry case of motor park ideas emanating from a man who once worked in one?
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State recently named the state stadium after late Abubakar Audu, the first civilian Governor of Kogi State. Even with all of the former governor’s famed generosity, at the time of his death, he was standing trial for an alleged looting of eleven billion naira belonging to the state in what informed observers contend was a watertight case against him. What manner of society are we building when our best examples of heroes to the younger generation are those with heavy allegations of financial sleaze hanging over them?
Governor Ambode recently awarded a contract for the construction of the Fourth mainland bridge at a whooping cost of four billion dollars. How transparent was the process to have culminated in arguably the most costly bridge project in the world, beating similar situations in Singapore, Japan and the U.S.A?
Okey Joe Emenike
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