Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State has disclosed that when he took over from Owelle Rochas Okorocha as Governor of Imo State in May of 2019, he met an abandoned and neglected state secretariat powered by different hues and contraptions of small generators, popularly referred to as ‘I better pass my neighbour’ in Nigerian Language.
According to report, Emeka made the revelation during an interactive session with journalists in his residence in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on Tuesday, July 9, 2019.
Ihedioha lamented: “I didn’t understand the depth of the rot Okorocha left behind until I assumed office. There were only 4 cars left in government house when I visited the place to start work. Two of these cars had faulty air-conditioning systems. I met a state that was very much run down.
“When I visited the state secretariat, I saw different types of ‘I better pass my neighbor generators’ chained together. There had been no public power supply at the state secretariat for 8 years. Everywhere was leaking. But my predecessor was always on AIT and ChannelsTV saying he was performing. It is the height of wickedness!
Emeka also alleged that Okorocha had sold state assets to himself, family and cronies during his 8-year stint as Imo governor. adding that he concessioned state assets to himself. My immediate task is to begin to restore public confidence in governance and bring back our state assets”, Emeka said.