Mortality rate has skyrocketed in Imo – Ohakim laments

Chief Ikedi Ohakim, the former governor of Imo State who handed over to the present administration in the state under Gov. Rochas Okorocha, has said that mortality rate in the state has skyrocketed since his exit from the seat.
The former governor who spoke to Sunday Sun, recently, based his claim on the burgeoning number of mortuaries in the state which, he said, rose from 20 in 2011 to 58 in 2018.
Chief Ohakim attributed this to what he termed “inhuman policies and programmes of the state government.”
He said: “I handed over 1,395 functional rural water schemes to Rochas, but none is functional now, adding that “Okorocha is the only governor in the history of Nigeria that has attracted 30 negative editorials from different media houses”.
He accused the government of raising the debt profile of the state such that generations unborn would struggle to pay.
According to Ohakim who lost a first-ever supplementary polls in his effort to secure a second term in 2011, the government, at present, is owing over N200 billion when contractors’ unpaid debts, judgment debts, unpaid salaries and pensions, among others, are added.
“Yet, over N1 trillion has been raised as revenues. I’m very sure that Imo would have been like London if I had received 25 per cent of revenue that Okorocha got”, he said.
Ohakim, also among the teeming aspirants to governorship position in Imo State come 2019, said that he was best for the job as he had records of buildings and assets that he handed over in 2011 that would need to be recovered, in addition to the fact that he would stay for only one term.
He condemned the present administration’s urban renewal programme, saying that it was “urban damage”,  insisting that a master plan handed over to him was designed to make Owerri one of the best cities in Africa.
“Okorocha, from all indications, was on a mission to inflict pains and anguish on Imo people. Everything in Imo State now belongs to Rochas and his family. I predict that Owerri will be worst hit than any other city in this year’s rainy season”, he said.   He debunked claims that Imo people turned against him in 2011, leading to his failure in the election.
According to him, he won the election at first ballot, but fell victim to “a systematic injustice” as strong external forces were determined to unseat him, thinking that he had a presidential ambition.
He, however, said that Imo people are regretting that decision today, as can be seen in their daily lamentations.

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