Imo Pays 24,000 Pensioners Arrears

The Imo state government on Thursday paid no fewer than 24, 000 pensioners had received two months pensions. The development erupted jubilation in the state, this even as the governor, Emeka Ihedioha, in his maiden broadcast to the people of the state, said that there was huge fraud in the payment of pensions in the state. Ihedioha in the broadcast said that the State government would be parting with N1, 218,175,387 for both State and Local government pensioners, monthly. He revealed that his administration inherited six years pension arrears and discovered inexplicable discrepancies in the total number of pensioners in both the State and 27 local government areas. The governor said, "I would like to appeal to all our citizens that the challenge of payment of a pensions bills standing over N1.2 billion monthly is very enormous. This calls for sacrifices by all citizens. "We are confronted with the necessity to source for the revenue to ensure a good life for our senior citizens". Ihedioha recalled that on assumption of office, his administration embarked on a wide range of reforms geared towards achieving effective service delivery, ensuring value for money an

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Okorocha accuses Ihedioha of failing Imo pensioners

The immediate past governor of Imo State , Rochas Okorocha, has accused his successor , Emeka Ihedioha , of dashing the hopes of pensioners in the state . This is coming few hours after the governor had in his state -wide broadcast said his administration inherited six years ’ pension arrears from Okorocha. Ihedioha also announced that his administration had started the payment of pension arrears after the biometric capturing of the pensioners had been concluded . A statement by Okorocha’s media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo , accused Ihedioha of playing politics with issues of pensions in the state . He said , “After three months of the much orchestrated biometric verification of pensioners in the state , and after all the promises to pay pension arrears , the governor of the state , Chief Emeka Ihedioha , made an early morning broadcast on Thursday , October 17 , 2019, specifically on the issue of pensions , and only ended up dashing the hopes of the pensioners in the state and also gave a wrong analysis of what the pension situation has been in the state .” The senator alleged that Ihedioha was “liberal with blackmail ” and “ tight -fisted” with the truth of the pensio

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Ihedioha denies ordering Okorocha’s arrest

Ihedioha denies ordering Okorocha’s arrest

Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The governor of Imo state , Emeka Ihedioha , has denied ordering the arrest of the immediate past governor of the state , Rochas Okorocha. Ihedioha in a statement issued in Owerri on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary , Chibuike Onyeukwu , described as malicious that he ordered the arrest of his predecessor. The governor said that he would continue to obey the rule of law . Ihedioha said that he would not interfere in the graft cases Okorocha was facing at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission . The statement read partly , “As a government , we are also conscious of the hate campaign against Governor Emeka Ihedioha , including , but not limited to the malicious allegation that he ordered the arrest of a citizen , the former Governor of the state , Chief Rochas Okorocha.” “Nothing can be farther from the truth . The Governor , who has a distinguished career and concluded his legislative assignment as a Presiding Officer of the House of Representatives , has also built an enduring reputation for respect for rule of law and the independence of the different arms of government . ” “In the alleged criminal matters involving the fo

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