Don’t use embezzled funds to bring up children -Archbishop warns politicians, contractors

By Victor-Clark Alisigwe

Politicians and contractors who misappropriate public funds meant for projects run the risk of bringing a curse upon themselves and their generation.

Most Rev. Bennett C.I. Okoro PhD (JP) the Archbishop emeritus of the Ecclesiastical Province of Owerri and Bishop of Orlu Anglican Diocese, said this recently to newsmen.

The Archbishop advised those who indulge in such acts to desist from it because of their children who might grow up to be useless.

Archbishop Okoro, who was on a pastoral visit to Amazano Parish in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State, regretted that some people were yet to understand the reason and necessity to serve God and humanity honourably.

He said that God is capable of multiplying the gains of an honest federal government to construct roads, and he does it faithfully and in all honesty, even if he says his own gain is small, God is a God of multiplication. He will make that small gain to enormous for him and his family and anything he lays his hands on will be successful,” he said.

On the other hand, according to the Archbishop if the contractor embezzles the money and uses it to train his children, “you can be sure that those children will be useless because the money used in their upbringing has no good foundation”.

The Prelate advised those in positions of authority to think of creating a good image for themselves because “good name is better than silver and gold.”

He frowned at the situation whereby projects in Imo State were abandoned because the contractors had embezzled the funds meant for the projects.

According to him, his recent visit to Orsu Local Government Area of the State opened his eyes to the sufferings of road users who got stock as a result of bad roads.

He, however, commended Gov. Rochas Okorocha for his desire to develop the state, adding that God is enabling him to do what he is going.

Most Rev. Okoro wished the governor’s aides could exhibit the same spirit.

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