Cash crunch delays formation of State Exco – Gov Okorocha
By; VICTOR DURUAMAKU, Owerri.
In reaction to the clamour by the people of Imo state for the formation of the state executive council six month after inauguration, Governor Rochas Okorocha has said that the cash crunch which has hit the state in recent times has been responsible for the delay in the appointment of commissioners.
According to the governor, the fall in incomes accruing to the state has affected not just the constitution of the state executive council but other developmental projects. He however said that the non appointment of the commissioners has yielded some huge funds to the government, which could be used on projects.
The Governor who was charting with journalists in Owerri explained further that the appointment of commissioners would usually go with purchasing of expensive official cars that will be allocated to them.
Also he said that their allowances, salaries and impress would have to be provided for, adding however that the state executive council would be constituted to ensure easy governance of the state.
On the current strength of the state workforce, the governor revealed that the workforce will be reduced despite the concessioning of the health establishments in the state.
He said that his administration in its first term, built more hospitals, not to create employment but to make money for the state by rendering health services to the people.
In his words “We have concessioned the hospitals managements as health is a very big business”.
On education, the governor disclosed that following his administration’s free education policy, the enrolment into the public schools, has increased from 270 to 800,000, since the last four years.
He further said that he had directed that the 2,600 education secretaries in the local governments, whom he believed were not doing anything, shouldgo back to the classroom or get sacked.