OrderPaperToday – The former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha will likely face probe, according to the new governor, Emeka Ihedioha.
The new governor in his inaugural speech on Wednesday declared that while he will not embark on witch hunt but vowed the past administration will give account of their stewardship.
He also decried the lack of transparency in Owerri Master Plan which has led to loss of land and property by citizens.
He said: “In the light of recent revelations by interest groups, various institutions and agencies of state, many have asked what becomes of those who recklessly plundered our commonwealth. My answer is simple: They will be held accountable.
“While this administration will be forward looking and not embark on any witch-hunting, those who have held positions of authority must prepare to render account of their stewardship to the people because our resolve to hold their feet to the fire of probity and accountability is iron-clad.
“We must tell ourselves the ‘frank truth’ about the state of our State. We cannot play the ostrich pretending that all is well when indeed we are in a deep hole. Imo is broken and the climb out of the depths of despair will be steep, arduous and tortuous. Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious, and they are numerous. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time.”
On issues of land which has been contentious, Ihedioha declared: “The absolute lack of transparency and due process in land administration and the distortion of the carefully laid out Owerri Master Plan resulted in many citizens losing their lands, houses, and business premises which they acquired legally while public open spaces and green belts were converted to unapproved uses.”
The helmsman who pledged to be Governor of all Ndi-Imo irrespective of “your geo-political zones and political affiliations” stated further that “elections are over. Governance must now begin. Politics is over, development must now begin. We must now shove aside partisan political battles, petty bickering and quarrels and work together for the common good of our people.”