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Archbishop tasks Gov Okorocha on Imo financial status

Amidst unrelenting agitations by the Imo State workers and retirees for the government to pay their arrears of salaries and pensions, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerrri Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, has advised the Imo State government to openly declare the financial status of the state.

In his sermon at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, last Sunday, he argued that the government’s failure to advance convincing reasons why the salaries have remained unpaid gives room for “murmuring”.

Most Rev. Obinna observed that the payment of such emoluments constituted the first line responsibility of any responsible government, adding that the government has abdicated its constitutional responsibility.

He reiterated that government’s account is not a personal account and should be made public in order to dispel doubts with regard to misuse of public funds.

He said; “If there is no money, it is important to let people know. Lack of accountability and transparency could lead to murmuring and speculation”.

Reacting to the call, the Imo State government spokesman, Mr Sam Onwuemedo, issued a press statement saying Okorocha had been making the financial position of the state known in some fora and appreciated the archbishop’s view.

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